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Storm Dennis: As Storm Ciara passes Met Office issues yellow warning for wind and rain in Kent

Storm Ciara may have passed but Kent isn't out of the woods yet.

The Met Office has now announced Saturday will see Storm Dennis lash the county and has put a yellow wind warning in place from midday to midnight.

A lorry caught up in Storm Ciara. Picture: Highways England
A lorry caught up in Storm Ciara. Picture: Highways England

This means there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris and waves, a slight chance of some damage to buildings, a risk of longer journey times due to cancellations and closures and a slight chance that power cuts may occur.
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.

Dover seafront during Storm Ciara. Picture by: Dean Macey
Dover seafront during Storm Ciara. Picture by: Dean Macey

Ciara was initially rated yellow before the Met Office upgraded her to an amber.

She pounded Kent with gales of up to 80mph, heavy rain and crashing waves on Sunday, resulting in sporting fixtures being called off, bridges closed and trees falling.

Her aftermath continued yesterday, with flash flooding and damage to buildings causing problems throughout the county.

KMTV reports on Storm Ciara

Across the country two people died as a result of Ciara.

Saturday's warning covers most of England and Wales, stopping just short of Newcastle.

For all the forecasts, warnings and weather related news, click here.


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