Skip to main content
18 Feb 2020 | 07:13 PM UTC

UK: Flood and wind warnings continue across the UK February 19-22 /update 6

Authorities issue flood and wind warnings across the UK between February 19-22, following Storm Dennis; flooding, strong winds, and associated disruptions expected

environment
transportation
GBR

Event

As of 00:33 (local time) on Wednesday, February 19, 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 144 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 Met Office has also issued yellow wind warnings for parts of Wales and northwest England, including Lancaster, Preston, Swansea, and Cardiff from 18:00 on Wednesday through to 15:00 on Thursday, February 20. It also issued yellow wind warnings for northern England including Leeds and York from 12:00 on Friday, February 21, through 06:00 on Saturday, February 22.

The National Rail continues to report disruptions to several rail lines as of 00:41 on Wednesday, including the Great Western Railway, ScotRail, South Western Railway, 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.