Storm Dennis: Experts warn flooding could be worse than Ciara

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The storm, hot on the heels of Storm Ciara which caused damage across the town last weekend, Storm Dennis is expected to cause disruption across the United Kingdom, with widespread weather warnings in place.

Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the United Kingdom on Sunday February 9, 2020.

"With Storm Dennis bringing further heavy and persistent rain over the weekend, there is a risk of significant impacts from flooding, including damage to property and a danger to life from fast flowing floodwater".

Yellow warnings for high winds of up to 60mph, along with heavy rain, have been issued by forecasters.

That closure is due to last for 18 hours, with the A14 expected to reopen again at around 9amam tomorrow when wind speeds will decrease to below threshold levels.

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Police said there is a high risk of disruption to the transport network and potential for problems with flooding and power supplies.

Road, rail and air travellers also face disruption, with British Airways and easyJet flights among those affected.

The Environment Agency said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, flood storage reservoirs and temporary barriers to protect communities.

Meanwhile, airlines have grounded flights in anticipation of the bad weather, and further cancellations may occur at short notice when the storm moves in on Saturday.

Media captionBBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker looks at the areas most likely to see severe impacts from Storm Dennis.

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The forecaster said: "Further spells of heavy rain tonight with some thundery downpours likely and further flooding". The Environment Agency predicts flooding will be worse than last weekend as the ground is already saturated.

Forecasters in the United Kingdom are warning residents to brace for the impacts of Storm Dennis, as armies have been called in to assist with recovery efforts.

Calderdale Council said military personnel would also join workers and volunteers to support flood recovery efforts in the area, which was badly hit by flooding during Storm Ciara.

River levels are forecast to rise on the East and West Glens near to Bourne as a result of persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Dennis.

The warnings come into force at 10am today (Saturday) and run until 9pm on Sunday evening.

An amber warning is also in place for most of southern England from 00:15 until 18:00 on Sunday.

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Met Eireann has issued a spate of weather warnings today, having previously said they were monitoring the progress of the storm.

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