Storm Dennis battered the UK over the weekend, claiming at least three lives, forcing hundreds from their homes and devastating whole towns and communities. Now, though the storm has passed, severe weather warnings remain in place as Dennis drags in a spell of further misery in its wake.
Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “Storm Dennis has long gone, but the legacy of high water levels and saturated catchments remain.
“Although the forecast for the next few days indicates that conditions won’t be as severe, any additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.
“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”
Widespread flood warnings, issued by the Environment Agency, remain in place across the UK.
- UK weather warning: Why Britain was smashed by TWO storms in 9 days
There are six severe flood warnings in place on Wednesday, meaning the flooding could be severe and presents a “danger to life”.
These are present at the River Lugg, the River Wye, and are most widespread along the River Severn.
In addition to these warnings, 142 flood warnings which state “immediate action required” are in place across the nation.
A further 170 flood alerts with the warning “flooding is possible – be prepared” have been issued.
The Government has come under criticism for its handling of the flooding crisis.
Scott Squires, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales said: “As the floodwaters recede and communities start to get back on their feet, we’ll continue to support local authorities and emergency service in these affected areas.
“Over the coming days our teams will be checking for any signs of damage to our flood defences, and removing blockages and debris which has built up in culverts and drainage grids etc.”
In addition to the flood warnings, the Met Office has issued warnings for wind and rain for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
- Met Office rain radar: Map shows torrential downpour forecast
Three Yellow rain warnings are in force until Thursday covering both north and south Wales and a swathe of north-west England.
On Friday and Saturday a further rain warning comes into force for parts of northern England.
Worryingly, these warnings cover areas already heavily impacted by recent intense rainfall from Storm Dennis.
Mr Willington said: “Some of the rain, especially in the warning areas, could be quite heavy, with showers of hail and thunder possible between.
“In northern areas of Britain hill snow remains a threat.”
Although the outlook for this week stays unsettled, with severe weather warnings in place, a named storm is not expected, the Met Office said.
Storm Dennis was the fourth named storm of the season, hot on the heels of Storm Ciara.
If another storm is named this season, it will be Storm Ellen.
Source: Read Full Article