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Storm Dennis: What you need to know

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Councils and agencies across Cumbria and southern Scotland are making final preparations ahead of Storm Dennis. It's the second time in a week the region is expected to be battered by high winds and heavy rain.

In Dumfries, the Whitesands has been closed as has the A716 at Drummore due to the risk of flooding.

In Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, the combination of this weekend's bad weather plus melting snow is increasing the risk of flooding. Scottish Borders Council say there are 'significant concerns' about Hawick, Jedburgh, Newcastleton and Ettrick Valley

A flood wall at Richmond Row in Jedburgh has been completed after it was damaged during Storm Ciara. It protects 11 properties.

The Environment Agency hopes that there will be slightly less rain than expected in Appleby and therefore the River Eden may peak twice instead of once.

We continue to liaise closely with the Met Office and SEPA and is making all necessary preparations for the forecasted weather, including replenishing sandbag stores and stocks and pre-distributing to key areas.

Our Emergency Planning Centre will open from 11am on Saturday and be operating throughout the Amber Weather Warning period on Saturday and into Sunday to monitor the weather and impacts and respond as required.

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Avanti West Coast says it's currently planning to run services as normal but that passengers should check before they travel. Rail and road disruption is expected to be widespread over the weekend.

Flood defences, sandbags and pumps have been deployed in high-risk areas.