The British have barely had a truce between storm Ciara and stormy Dennis. Heavy rains and hurricane winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour have hit this Sunday especially to the region of Wales and the southeast of England. The Army has been deployed in the area to assist in the construction of barriers and hundreds of residences have been evacuated. At least three people have died. The waves that have hit the coast have reached 30 meters high. In addition, thousands of passengers have been affected by the cancellation of flights, and railroad traffic has been suspended in parts of the country and there have been extensive power cuts.
Dennis has already claimed three lives after causing serious flooding. The last deceased is a man in his 60s who fell to the river Tawe, in Ystradgynlais (Wales), on the morning of this Sunday. The emergency services managed to rescue the man shortly after, but despite the efforts of the toilets he was pronounced dead at the scene, as reported by the police. Two more bodies have been recovered from the sea at Margate and Herne, in the southeast of England, and another person is still missing. Specifically, the police are looking for a young woman in her 20s in Brighton, in the south of England, who was seen entering the water at dawn on Sunday.
The United Kingdom Meteorological Agency has issued almost 600 severe flood alerts, a historical figure. At least four locations, two in England and two in South Wales, have suffered serious overflows from adjacent rivers. The cancellation of hundreds of flights has also caused the storm, as announced by British Airways and Easyjet.
The British Meteorological Institute (MET) has issued a red alert, the highest level, for South Wales due to the heavy rains that Dennis has brought. This level of emergency is equivalent to “dangerous weather conditions” that generate a “risk of death.” It also implies that there is a danger to the energy supply and possible damage to the infrastructure.
In South Wales, 132.8 square meters of rain fell between Saturday morning and Sunday morning, the equivalent of a month of rainfall in this period in the region, according to MET. Authorities have ordered evacuations in several locations, including the Welsh municipality of Skenfrith, which belongs to Gwent County. On the border between Scotland and England, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has asked residents to leave their homes.
This Saturday, the Ministry of Defense deployed the army in West Yorkshire, an area in the west of England severely affected last weekend by the floods that the Ciara storm left. In addition, several sports competitions scheduled for this Sunday have been canceled.