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Storm Dennis could pose 'danger to life' in Cornwall

Storm Dennis could pose 'danger to life' in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:21am 12th February 2020. (Updated at 7:22am 12th February 2020)

Archive photo of storm waves at Mousehole. Credit: Mousehole Harbour Lights

The Met Office says the next named storm sweeping towards Cornwall could pose a 'danger to life'.

It has issued a double weather warning for heavy rain and gales of up to 70mph, carrying the risk of flying debris and huge waves.

Dennis is set to batter the Duchy on Saturday and Sunday, although forecasters say the impact will not be as bad as Ciara.

Both yellow alerts will be in force from 12pm on Saturday, with one lasting until 12pm on Sunday.

Flood alerts have also been issued for a big stretch of the south Cornwall coast.

What can we expect?

Storm Dennis is expected to bring gales of up to 70mph in parts of the UK, alongside heavy rain.

Forecasters say we can expect:

  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

The Met Office yellow weather warning for wind will be in force from 12pm - 11.59pm on Saturday.

The Met Office yellow weather warning for rain will be in force from 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday.

What is the forecast?

"Very strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday across many parts of England and Wales.

"Gusts of 50mph are expected widely inland, with around 60mph in places. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70mph are likely. This will be accompanied by heavy rain at times.

"Heavy rain associated with Storm Dennis is expected to move east across England and Wales on Saturday and Sunday.

"Accumulations of 15 to 30mm are expected widely, with 50 to 70mm across parts of the higher ground in the west.

"This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch how to be prepared...

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