AMBER alert as Yorkshire braces for Storm Dennis

AMBER alert as Yorkshire braces for Storm Dennis

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:59am 14th February 2020. (Updated at 8:05am 15th February 2020)

Warning for Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale ahead of Storm Dennis

  • The Met Office says Storm Dennis, is on the way today and tomorrow.
  • It's not good news for people already affected by flooding in North Yorkshire.
  • It will produce strong winds and heavy rain which will fall on saturated ground. 

The Met Office has renewed its warning about Storm Dennis, which is heading to North Yorkshire for today and tomorrow.

We can expect very strong winds - and up to 80 millimetres of rain - that's more than three inches.

There is an AMBER alert for the  Settle, Hawes and Leyburn areas.

Elsewhere in North and West Yorkshire it's a YELLOW alert for wind and rain from Saturday at 15:00 (3pm) into Sunday night.

Weather prediction map:

Storn Dennis 2020

Forecasters are predicting a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. 

It's a similar picture following Storm Ciara - where Pateley Bridge, Masham, Boroughbridge and Ripon were badly affected.

Stray FM news report on that can be found here.

The Environment Agency has issued this latest update from its Leeds office:

Met Office spokesman:

"Very strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.

The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull overnight, before increasing again during Sunday. Gusts of 50 mph are expected widely inland.

Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions."

North Yorkshire County Council prepares for second storm in a week

An army of multi-agency experts, led by North Yorkshire County Council, is already working with the Met Office and Environment Agency to track where the strong winds and heavy rain are most likely to hit.

County Council Chief Executive Richard Flinton is the Chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum.

He said:

“Combined with melting snow on some high ground and the fact that a lot of land is already saturated following the floods left by Ciara last weekend, we are focused on targeting resources where the impacts of further rain are most likely.

The County Council is, for example, already clearing out drains at known hotspots and undertaking repairs to some road surfaces damaged last weekend.

With the emergency services, we are putting joint working plans in place that can be stood up rapidly if needed and Ready for Anything volunteers will be put on standby, should they be needed if there’s further flooding.

Clearly forecasts can change, but we believe residents and businesses in North Yorkshire rightly expect us to be proactive.

We advise people to watch the weather forecast from the Met Office and consider whether there is action they need to take and to keep a close eye on travel conditions.”

The county council’s highways crews acted in the wake of Storm Ciara, undertaking widespread clean-up operations to remove mud and debris from roads and carrying out rapid repairs.

The crews are now ensuring resources are deployed in preparation for Storm Dennis, sandbag stocks replenished and gully-cleaning vehicles at the ready.

Nigel Smith, Head of Highway Operations, said:

“We are experienced and have a strong track record in responding effectively to events of this nature. Our teams will be on the ground doing everything they can to keep people safe and to support communities before, during and after this weather event.

I would ask that drivers play their part by heeding any flood warnings or road closures we need to put into place. We do so for everyone’s safety, but last weekend there were instances of people removing signs and driving into flood water.

Even if the flood water has receded, bridges and other structures may need to be inspected to ensure they are safe for use.  Not only is removing signs dangerous, it is an offence.”

What to expect from Storm Dennis

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and there is a chance that some roads and bridges could close.
  • Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

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