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Storm Dennis: Weather warning upgraded

Storm Dennis: Weather warning upgraded

Published by May Norman at 12:38pm 14th February 2020. (Updated at 12:51pm 14th February 2020)

Storm Dennis: Met office heightens weather warning to amber ahead of severe rainfall

  • There are now AMBER alerts for heavy rain all of the Stray FM area over the weekend.
  • Authorities across North and West Yorkshire are preparing for Storm Dennis.
  • The heavy rain alert is in place from 12pm on Saturday (15 February) until 3pm on Sunday (16 February).
  • There are concerns for areas already saturated following last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Forecasters say rain will be far worse than originally expected for Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

The Met Office says this weekend's rain will be more severe than originally forecast and have extended their amber warning to all of the Stray FM area.

It was only originally in place for the Yorkshire Dales - including places like Settle, Leyburn and Hawes - but has now been upgraded to include Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

Forecasters have upped the yellow weather warning for rain to amber for Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale with Storm Dennis set to bring very heavy rain, potential flooding and disruption to roads and public transport.

There are now 8 weather warnings in place across the UK with the latest amber warnings being in place here from 12pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday.

In addition, a yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for the whole of the UK - including Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

It's in place from 10am on Saturday (15 February) until 12pm Sunday (16 February).

For more information from the Met Office, visit the website.

What the Met Office says

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

What to expect

    • Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
    • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
    • Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
    • Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
    • A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads
    • Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely