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Storm Dennis hit Britain, status orange for nine counties in Ireland

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 16, 2020
The second storm in a week hit Britain yesterday, prompting flooding alerts for many parts of the country and disrupting flights and train services just as many schools start their half term holidays.
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The heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Dennis hit barely a week after Storm Ciara caused disruption to transport, flooded homes and left thousands without electricity.

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A total of 30 warnings were in place in England, meaning flooding was expected, and 238 alerts cautioning that flooding is possible, according to the Environment Agency. A total of 75 military personnel were helping to build barriers and repair flood defenses in Yorkshire, northern England, where the ground was already saturated from last week's rain.

Flights were canceled, railway lines blocked and roads flooded as the system barreled in from the North Atlantic with near-record low pressure.

Rescuers pulled two bodies from rough seas off southern England and soldiers helped build flood barriers yesterrday. Much of the flood concern focused on northern England, which suffered during Storm Ciara, when at least eight people were killed across Europe.

A Status Orange wind warning for nine counties is coming into place this morning as Storm Dennis batters Ireland.

The alert was issued by Met Eireann at 1.30pm yesterday, affecting Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 10am.

It will expire at 10pm tonight, as long as it's not extended by weather chiefs throughout the day.