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Storm Dennis weather warnings as Preston set for strong winds and heavy rain

Posted on - 14th February, 2020 - 6:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
A Lancashire County Council worker loads a van with equipment to prepare for the storm
A Lancashire County Council worker loads a van with equipment to prepare for the storm

Yellow weather warnings are in place from Saturday 15 February to Monday 17 February as Storm Dennis is set to hit Preston.

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The Met Office has issued a first warning for strong winds from 10am on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday, and a further warning for strong winds from 12pm on Sunday to 12pm on Monday.

The winds could cause disruption to travel, and there’s a chance of some damage to buildings.

Northern parts of the region are also covered by a Yellow warning for very heavy rain, starting at 12pm on Saturday and running until 9pm on Monday.

The warning for rain covers the northern parts of the region Pic: The Met Office
The warning for rain covers the northern parts of the region Pic: The Met Office

The Met Office says that properties could be flooded, driving conditions could be difficult, and there’s the possibility of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

The weather warnings come just one week after Storm Ciara caused chaos around the city.

Read more: Roads closed, fields flooded and a cancelled concert – Storm Ciara takes its toll on Preston

Lancashire County Council’s highway teams are once again on standby to deal with any problems.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our highways teams have been very busy this week carrying out repairs and assessing the damage caused by Storm Ciara, and there are a number of issues which we will be monitoring very closely as we deal with any impacts from Storm Dennis. 

“We are as prepared as we can be for whatever the weather brings, and ready to work alongside the emergency services, district councils, other authorities, and our communities again to mitigate any impacts as a result of Storm Dennis. 

“Our priority will be to try to keep the main roads safe and open as far as possible for emergency access, and provided that need is met our resources will be used wherever else they can be to help affected communities. 

“I would remind everyone to check the advice issued by the Met Office, consider whether their plans may be affected, and above all stay safe. You can also find advice on our website about what to do before, during, and after a flood.” 

Any problems on the roads caused by the storm, which do not require an emergency response, should be reported to local police by calling 101, so they can pass any issues on to highway teams as necessary.

Read more: Weather news from Blog Preston

Advice on how to stay safe in a storm can be found on the Met Office website.

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