Heavy rain, violent winds: Dennis hit Britain on Sunday, targeting hundreds of planes, while in southern Wales a red storm code was declared, and weather services issued the warning of “danger of death”.
On Sunday morning, nearly 200 flood warnings were declared in an area stretching from Scotland to Cornwall. In Aberdaron, in the south of Wales, the winds blew by over 145 km / h.
Hundreds of flights to and from the UK have been hit on the ground, British Airways and EasyJet have announced. Rail transport suspended its lines in southern Wales, following floods that affected the railways.
The British Meteorological Institute (Met Office) has declared a red storm code for southern Wales, the highest level of alert due to heavy rains caused by the Dennis storm, being the first of its kind issued since December 2015.
The red code alert concerns “dangerous weather conditions”, implying “danger of death”, disruption of electricity supply and infrastructure damage.
At the Cray Reservoir dam in southern Wales, there was 132.8 mm of rainfall between Saturday and Sunday morning, the equivalent of an entire month of rainfall in this region, according to the Met Office.
Dennis hits the UK a week after the Ciara storm caused chaos and disrupted traffic.
Two bodies were spotted Saturday morning off the south coast of Great Britain, in a shake of the storm. It is not clear whether the circumstances of these deaths are linked to the Dennis storm.