Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Wales bears the brunt as Storm Dennis rips across Britain

Wales bears the brunt as Storm Dennis rips across Britain

The second storm in a week hit Britain on Saturday, prompting flooding alerts for many parts of the country and disrupting flights and train services just as many schools start their half-term holidays.

A spokesman for British Airways said they are "merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption", while a spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed 234 cancellations.

Dennis, which has already pummelled the Irish Republic, will "bring very heavy rain and strong winds" through tomorrow, according to the UK Met Office.

John Curtin, the Environment Agency's executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were the areas he was most "concerned" about.

An employee cleans a shop in Pontypridd after Storm Dennis hits the UK.

Flights have been grounded for safety reasons.

"We will also provide hotel rooms and meals for customers who require them".

That is likely to affect travel for more than 50,000 people. Meanwhile, people living near railways are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

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More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the United Kingdom were cancelled by the airline yesterday. Sunshine and widespread heavy squally showers with a risk of hail and thunder.

That is the assessment of the Environment Agency which is warning that persistent intense rain will fall on ground already saturated.

At about 11am on Sunday there were 250 flood warnings, meaning immediate action is required, and 344 flood alerts warning people to be prepared, covering an area from Scotland's River Tweed to the rivers of west Cornwall.

The Met Office has issued eight weather warnings covering most of the United Kingdom this weekend.

Severe flood warning were issued for the Scottish Borders but these were no longer in force by late on Sunday morning.

Yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain also cover all of England, Wales and southern Scotland between 09:00 GMT and midday on Saturday.

Organisers stated on Facebook the "potential impact of Storm Dennis during Saturday and into Sunday is too great a risk for us to take".

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