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Met Office Issue Severe Weather Warnings As Storm Dennis To Follow Ciara

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Met Office Issue Severe Weather Warnings As Storm Dennis To Follow Ciara

The Met Office has warned that yet another storm is on the way this weekend - and it's set to hit England and Wales hard.

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Following the wrath of Storm Ciara, the weather experts have now officially named the next bout of strong winds and heavy rain Storm Dennis, and placed a national severe weather warning ahead of its arrival this Saturday.

Speaking to Tyla, Oli Clayton, spokesman for the Met Office, said: "We've issued a severe yellow warning for the whole of Wales and almost the whole of England.

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"The areas affected should expect strong gale force winds on Saturday from midday to midnight.

Storm Dennis is set to bring strong winds across England and Wales (Credit: WXCharts)
Storm Dennis is set to bring strong winds across England and Wales (Credit: WXCharts)

"These will reach about 50mph gusts inland and 60-70mph on high lands and around the coasts - especially in the west and south.

"This will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, too."

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While these winds are likely to have an environmental impact, the good news is they will be less severe than Storm Ciara, which hit 97mph winds in the Isle of Wight.

On Sunday, Storm Ciara also left 20,000 homes without power, and areas such as Lancashire and Cumbria severely affected by flooding.

Flying debris is a risk when the warning is in place (Credit: PA)
Flying debris is a risk when the warning is in place (Credit: PA)

Plus, the windy weather even tragically resulted in one man's death, after a tree fell on his car while he was driving through Hampshire.

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"We're keen to point out that Storm Dennis isn't going to be quite as severe as Storm Ciara," the Met representative told us.

"However, there's certainly going to be quite a lot of impact with those wind speeds.

Strong waves can be expected on the coasts (Credit: PA)
Strong waves can be expected on the coasts (Credit: PA)

"The impact might be notable with trees that have already been weakened in the wind, and heavy rain falling on saturated ground there's chance of flooding, too".

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On top of this, Storm Dennis could also bring travel delays and cancellations, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.

Stay safe out there folks!

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Topics: Weather

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