12/02/2020

NI Braced For Wind As Storm Dennis Approaches

The bad weather looks set to continue as the second storm in as many weekends approaches Northern Ireland.

Storm Dennis brings the potential for "very strong winds" from Sunday onwards, the Met Office has warned.

A 24-hour yellow weather warning will take affect at 12 noon on Sunday, 16 February.

The impacts are not expected to be as severe, however, as Storm Ciara.

Gales will widely exceed 50mph, even across some inland areas, with gusts of over 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations
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Heavy rain is also predicted and with already saturated ground, a risk of further flooding is present. Storm Dennis is expected to bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gunderson said: "Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

"With further warnings possible over the next few days people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media."



(JG/CM)

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