Storm Dennis: Met Office issues warnings for more rain and wind

Storm Dennis to bring fresh risk of flooding this weekend

Storm Dennis races across Atlantic deepening rapidly next 24 hours under left exit of jet stream, as it arrives SW of Iceland it does a Fujiwhara "dance" with low already there.

A landslip which has shut the Kilmarnock-Carlisle railway line near Holywood, north of Dumfries, since Monday will take another month to fix, Network Rail said.

Storm Dennis will bring a disruptive spell of weather over the weekend, and there are warnings in place for strong winds and heavy rain.

There were also six flood alerts for Staffordshire.

The Environment Agency warned of an increased risk of flooding.

A Met Office spokesperson added: "The strongest winds could also coincide with the Monday morning peak travel period".

The storm will be preceded by a yellow - "be aware" - severe weather warning for up to 20mm of rain today across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, which could combine with melting snow to cause flooding.

Storm Dennis to bring fresh risk of flooding this weekend

These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and there is a good chance transport links will be impacted.

The authority has taken the decision to close the bridge on Saturday afternoon, with winds from Storm Dennis set to top its 50mph safety limit for crosswinds.

It said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, flood storage reservoirs and to put up temporary barriers to protect communities.

Higher locations could have rainfall levels of 50mm to 80mm over the course of the weekend, potentially rising to 140mm in some parts, Mr Box said.

Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Remember to never drive or walk through floodwater".

Half term begins tomorrow, and a busy week of events is planned at York's attractions.

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