Storm Dennis: Bid to protect Billington flood-risk homes

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the East of England

"There is a possibility that there will be wind warnings and rainfall warnings for periods over the weekend", she said.

Cllr Humby added: "The forecast is for heavy rain this coming Saturday". There is another low pressure in the Atlantic which is expected to bring in snowfall and strong winds over Iceland today.

Power cuts and loss of other services to homes and businesses is likely during these stormy weather conditions. Around 15-25 mm of rain will fall widely with 30-40 mm possible, this will combine with snow melt exacerbating the impacts.

"Storm Dennis has the potential to bring very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and Monday morning", said a Met Office spokesman.

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said inland gusts could reach 50mph by Saturday afternoon.

"The location and strength of the strongest winds is uncertain at this stage, but there is a small chance that winds will gust up to 70 miles per hour for a time".

The Follow the Dog and Monkey mountain biking trails on The Chase were damaged in the wake of Storm Ciara and closed on Monday while the fallen trees and debris are cleared.

There will be speed restrictions on the rail network over the weekend.

Attractions have been watching the forecasts with fears the inclement weather could force them to shut.

The combination of wind and intense rainfall can cause unsafe driving conditions.

On Sunday, the yellow weather warning continues and rain hangs over much of the North West, Wales, the South West, London and the South East.

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