Storm Dennis sparks yellow weather warning across region
Storm Dennis is due to hit the area this weekend with a yellow weather warning now in place for high winds.
The Met Office says there will likely be some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and there could also be some short-term loss of power and other services.
Gusts of 50 mph are expected in much of the country, with speeds reaching 60 mph in places.
Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. This will be accompanied by heavy rain at times.
An additional yellow warning for rain across parts of the county and large swathes of the south west is also now in place from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday.
Between 15 and 30mm are expected, with 50 to 70 mm possible on higher ground in the west. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall leading to increased chances of flooding.
The rain warning means there is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded, power cuts and communities being cut off.
Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday, 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."
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