Storm Dennis to hit Peterborough and Cambridgeshire for longer as Met Office extends weather warning

Storm Dennis is set to hit Peterborough and Cambridgeshire for longer after the Met Office extended its weather warning.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:04 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:11 am

A yellow wind warning had been put in place between noon and midnight on Saturday with winds of up to 50mph forecast.

However, the warning is now covering the county from 10am on Saturday until the end of Sunday, with heavy rain also expected.

Although Dennis is not expected to be as severe as Storm Ciara which caused widespread disruption last weekend, the Met Office is warning of disruption to travel and the risk of building damage and power cuts.

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A fallen tree on the power lines during Storm Ciara

Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday. Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely.

“Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.”

Trev Robbins-Pratt, founder of Peterborough Weather Watch, said: “All I see is an increasingly breezy regime through Saturday, Gust potential perhaps to 40mph in exposed places, but I see nothing really exceptional.

“We could see some persistent rain through Saturday into Sunday, perhaps giving up to 20mm in places. To sum up, not a lot to get me excited about on the impact across Peterborough.”