Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Met Éireann issues rainfall warning for all of Ireland

Met Éireann issues rainfall warning for all of Ireland

"Although Storm Dennis is now not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely".

"We had a big storm last weekend, (we now have) saturated catchments, snowmelt and rainfall, so it is a flawless storm".

Storm Dennis is expected to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend.

All events have been cancelled this weekend in Thetford Forest due to high winds expected from Storm Dennis.

"Following Storm Ciara last weekend and further spells of rain this week, the ground is already saturated in places".

A wider yellow warning is also in place across the majority of the country for most of the day.

Gusts of 50mph are expected, with more than 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations, the Met Office said.

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Flooding is a possibility, and remote communities may be cut off by the disruption to infrastructure.

The Environment Agency is operating flood defences and flood storage reservoirs, and is ready to issue flood warnings and advice to those at risk ahead of the incoming weather.

Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is now not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely".

"As the UK's main insurer of farming and the countryside, we have a network of over 300 local offices that have helped policyholders get claims underway and sort out emergency cash and alternative accommodation if customers couldn't stay in their own homes, arranging for properties to be surveyed and repairs started without delay".

Storm Dennis is forecast to batter large swathes of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with 70mph winds and up to 140mm (5.5inches) of rain in some areas.

Conditions will become cool and mostly dry early tonight.

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