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20 Feb 2020 | 02:07 AM UTC

UK: Weather officials issue more warnings across the UK February 20-22 /update 7

Met Office issues more wind and rain warnings, amid flood warnings, from February 20-22; strong wind, heavy rain, flooding, and associated disruptions expected

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Event

The Met Office issued additional yellow weather warnings on Wednesday, February 19, for parts of Wales, northern England, and west Scotland for Thursday, February 20, through Saturday, February 22. On Thursday, heavy rain is forecast to impact northern and southern Wales including Swansea and Cardiff, northwest England, and southwest Scotland. While on Friday, February 21, yellow rain and wind warnings are in place for western Scotland including Glasgow, northwest England including Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, York, and Sheffield. The yellow rain warning in place for the English midlands including Leeds, York, and Sheffield, is due to remain until 06:00 (local time) on Saturday.

As of 08:00 on Thursday, several hundred flood warnings remain in place across the UK following Storm Dennis. Environmental Agency officials have issued six severe flood warnings representing danger to life for rivers in mid-west England, between Birmingham and the Welsh border, while 103 other flood warnings representing a need for immediate action remain in place across the UK. More information regarding the flood warnings can be found here.

The National Rail continues to report disruptions to several rail lines as of 08:00 on Thursday, including the Great Western Railway, Southern, and Thameslink, as well as major delays on some routes on Transport for Wales.

Transportation disruptions to land, rail, air, and ferry services, hazardous driving conditions, and power outages are expected over the coming hours and days.

Context

Storm Dennis caused significant disruptions to the UK and Ireland from February 15-17, including hundreds of flight cancelations, extensive rail disruptions and damage, landslides and flooding, and power outages.

Advice

Individuals in or traveling to the UK are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare for significant transportation disruptions (including road closures) and power outages, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.