Storm Dennis: Everything you need to know

Storm Dennis: Everything you need to know

Published by George Sharpe at 4:41pm 13th February 2020. (Updated at 4:26pm 14th February 2020)

Dorset's set to be hit with more wet and windy weather's this weekend.

Storm Dennis is due across the country this weekend and he's b ringing strong winds and heavy rain. 

Yellow Weather warnings are in effect for wind and rain with one or two spots of Amber rain warnings in the south.

Will it be as severe as Storm Ciara?

So far, the Met Office are saying the impact's not expected to be as extreme as Ciara's last weekend. 

But flooding, transport delays and power cuts are still anticipated across Dorset. Damage to trees and structures may still be likely too after Storm Ciara weakened them. Floods are also more likely due to saturated ground.

Mist and fog's also anticipated over hills and along the coast.

When does it start

Strong winds are predicted to start blowing in from 10am on Saturday, and rain will arrive from 12pm. 

Dennis isn't expected to leave until midnight on Sunday.

What do I need to do to prepare?

Dorset Council's asking people to stay away from cliffs as the risk of rock falls and land slips is increased.

The Met Office are offering people the following advice if you have to drive:

  • Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.
  • If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.
  • If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
  • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.

They're also reminding people to keep an eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

Remember to give vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual. They are more likely to be blown around by side winds – always keep a safe distance.

Wyke Coastguard are warning people not to risk it after these people were spotted playing near waves during Storm Ciara.

Rob Sansom, Senior coastal Operations Officer, HM Coastguard commented on the recent Storm Ciara:

"Images of people dodging waves and taking selfies during extreme weather are alarming and they are incredibly lucky that they weren't swept out to sea or injured. With the arrival of Storm Dennis, especially so quickly after the storm, the seas have been unforgiving and we cannot stress enough that piers, rocks, harbours and the water's edge are not safe places to be when the weather is bad.

"Playing chicken with waves is extremely dangerous. It can be slippery and because there is little to hold onto, even a small wave can come out of nowhere and quickly wash you off and into the sea. Equally so, no photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for.

"We would urge people to think carefully about the risks they take and be extremely careful when near any body of water during bad weather."

For more information about how to keep safe during Storm Dennis, go to the Met Office website.

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