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UK News At least one dead as Storm Dennis hammers Britain

22:30  16 february  2020
22:30  16 february  2020 Source:   france24.com

When is Storm Dennis expected to hit, and what does it mean for your parkrun?

  When is Storm Dennis expected to hit, and what does it mean for your parkrun? Here’s what the Met Office have said. As the UK recovers from the effects of Storm Ciara, which brought gusts of up to 97mph last weekend and caused disruption across the country, the Met Office have warned Storm Dennis is on the way.

A man died after falling into a river on Sunday as Storm Dennis swept across Britain with the army drafted in to help deal with heavy flooding and high winds.

The man fell into the River Tawe, in south Wales, police said.

“A male has fallen into the river at #Ystradgynlais at approximately 10am this morning and has sadly be found deceased further along the river in the Tebanos area,” Dyfed Powys Police said in a tweet.

The government weather agency earlier issued a rare red warning for the area, saying there was a risk of “significant impacts from flooding” that included a “danger to life from fast flowing water, extensive flooding to property and road closures”.

Storm Dennis: what do we know?

  Storm Dennis: what do we know? New storm will arrive a week on from Storm CiaraThe Sun says the new storm is set to “smash into the UK”, as the country recovers from Storm Ciara’s 97mph gales and widespread flooding. The Express says it will bring “three days of misery”.

A record 594 flood warnings and alerts were in place on Sunday, extending from Scotland’s River Tweed to Cornwall in southwest England.

Winds of over 90 miles per hour (150 kilometres per hour) were recorded in Aberdaron, south Wales.

Pictures circulated on social media showed the nearby River Taff bursting its banks, while rescue workers rushed to get people trapped in their homes in Powys to safety.

“The forecast is for very significant levels of rain, especially in the eastern valleys of South Wales,” said Jeremy Parr, from government body Natural Resources Wales.

“Impacts could be severe overnight, and everyone should take the warnings extremely seriously,” he added.

Police declared major incidents in parts of Wales and England, with landslides also reported.

Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber

  Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber Alerts have been issued across the UKThe Met Office warns that the storm will bring major bouts of bad weather, with gusts of hurricane-force winds, flooding and travel disruption from Saturday to Monday.

“Some communities have been cut-off..., but emergency service workers are working tirelessly to put measures in place to ensure the safety of residents,” South Wales Police said in a statement.

Roads and railways were badly affected by the downpours and winds, having barely recovered from a similar storm last week.

The Ministry of Defence deployed troops in West Yorkshire, northern England, which suffered badly from flooding caused by last weekend’s Storm Ciara.

“Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it,” said defence minister Ben Wallace.

British Airways and easyJet confirmed they had grounded flights, with footage posted online showing a massive Airbus A380 jet being blown about as it attempted to land.

Meanwhile, two bodies were pulled from rough seas off the south England coast on Saturday as the storm barrelled in.

One of the men is assumed to have been the subject of a search triggered when an LPG tanker reported that one of its crew was unaccounted for.

He was last seen several hours earlier.

Northwestern France was also affected by the storm, especially Britanny where the Finistere and Morbihan regions were placed on orange alert for rain and flooding, according to the national weather service, Meteo-France.

Around 14,000 homes were left without electricity.

“Winds will be increasing throughout the day on Sunday across Germany, Denmark and southern Sweden,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Maura Kelly.

(AFP)

Storm Ellen will be next to hit UK after Ciara and Dennis cause trouble, Met Office confirms .
Parts of the UK are severely flooded, with soem attractions closed at the beginning of half-term weekIt is due to follow Ciara and Dennis, after they triggered torrential rain and horrendous gales.

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