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UK weather: Man dies as storm-hit areas warned flooding could last for days | UK News



Areas already hit by heavy rainfall from Storm Dennis over the weekend have been warned they face further flooding for a number of days.

Parts of the UK were struck by winds over 90mph while more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours, leading to to a record number of flood warnings and alerts in England.

But despite the worst of Storm Dennis having passed, experts have warned the UK can still expect wet and windy conditions into the coming week.

On Sunday, major incidents were declared in South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire due to flooding.

Flood water surrounds abandoned cars left in a flooded street in Tenbury Wells, after the River Teme burst its banks in western England, on February 16, 2020, after Storm Dennis caused flooding across large swathes of Britain
Cars were left abandoned in the floodwater

One of the worst-hit areas in South Wales was the village of Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, near Cardiff, which had seen entire streets left underwater since the early hours of Sunday morning.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding from West Mercia Police said there had been severe flood warnings, meaning danger to life, in the Tenbury Wells area and Ludlow.

He added: “We are also advised that there is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire, Worcester and Upton in Worcestershire and Shrewsbury in Shropshire.”

A fallen tree in Hanham that has struck a block of flats, a few casualties with minor injuries being treated (Pic: @AFRSHicksGate)
A number of people were injured after a tree was blow over in Hanham, near Bristol (Pic: @AFRSHicksGate)

Amid the torrid conditions, the Environment Agency (EA) urged people to remain vigilant and said “significant” river and surface water flooding is expected to continue into next week.

The storm has claimed the life of a man in his 60s who died after falling into the River Tawe near Gorsedd Park in the Ystradgynlais area of South Wales.

Across the country:

  • In England, four severe flood warnings are in place in Eardiston, Little Hereford, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells
  • In Wales, two severe flood warnings are in place in Aberdulais and Pontypridd
  • In Scotland, a number of alerts and warnings have been removed and a warning for high winds has now been issued by the Met Office
  • In Northern Ireland a yellow weather warning is in place for strong winds
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Flood duty manager Caroline Douglass added: “Storm Dennis will continue to bring disruptive weather into early next week, and there are flood warnings in place across much of England.

“We urge people to check the flood risk in their area and remain vigilant.”

Roads and railways were flooded on Sunday after torrential downpours and high winds caused by the second storm in just over a week.

A member of the public is rescued from a flooded house in Oxford Street in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.

A man has died after falling into the River Tawe in South Wales

The situation was said to be “life-threatening” in South Wales, where the Met Office issued a red warning due to heavy rainfall and flooding risk until 11am.

EA’s flood and coastal risk management executive director John Curtin said that there were a record number of flood warnings and alerts in force.

The EA said on Sunday afternoon that there had been more than 600 flood warnings and flood alerts in place across England – covering an area from Scotland’s River Tweed to the rivers of west Cornwall.

The Met Office said winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in North Wales on Saturday.

An Airbus A380 plane is shown hovering above tarmac as it attempted to touch the runway at London Heathrow airport.

The Airbus A380 plane is shown hovering above tarmac as it attempted to touch the runway on Saturday

A total of 156.2mm of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in Powys in the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning, it added.

The average monthly rainfall for February in Wales is 111.1mm, the Met Office added.

Severe flood warnings have been issued for the rivers Neath and Taff in South Wales, as well as the River Teme further north.

In South Wales, regional Fire and Rescue Service area manager Ian Greenman said the service had received an “unprecedented” 1,300 calls during Sunday and had carried out 76 life rescues.

One-year-old Blake is carried by a rescue worker as emergency services continue to take families to safety, after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
One-year-old Blake is carried by a rescue worker in Nantgarw

Earlier, the Ministry of Defence deployed British Army personnel to assist people in West Yorkshire areas badly hit by flooding during last weekend’s Storm Ciara.

Many flights have been grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK on Saturday were cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather.

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