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Storm Dennis: What to expect from the weather this weekend in the Midlands

Storm Ciara brought 80mph winds with it Credit: SnapperSK

Severe weather warnings have been put in place across the Midlands as the region readies itself for Storm Dennis to arrive.

The Met Office has given the Midlands a Yellow weather warning for wind, not even a week after the region dealt with 80mph winds due to Storm Ciara.

Storm Dennis is set to bring strong winds and heavy rain into the region.

The Met Office is warning:

  • Some delays to road, rail, and air transport are likely
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

Flood warnings have also been issued.

Met Office meteorologists also said that inland gusts could reach 50mph by Saturday afternoon, rising to 80mph in exposed area.

The AA has urged the public to follow safety advice on the roads when driving in windy conditions.

Take extra care when passing high-sided vehicles, cyclists and motorbikes, and watch out for sudden gusts, which can blow debris, trees and even damaged vehicles into your path.

– Ben Sheridan, AA

A number of events have also been cancelled due to the storm. Those in the East Midlands include: Tansley Sunday Market and Car Boot in Derbyshire, and Stanford Hall Open Farm Day in Lutterworth.

Foxton Locks open days in Market Harborough has also been cancelled this weekend.

Here are some top tips for getting through the storm, based on when the region battled Storm Brendan earlier this year.

Before the storm hits:

  • Make sure objects that could be blown away during the storm, like garden furniture, are secured down
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked
  • Make sure any unnecessary electrical devices are unplugged

When the storm hits:

  • Stay indoors, and don't go outside during the storm to repair any damages
  • Don't drive, unless your journey is really necessary. If you do have to drive, please note the government's advice for driving in adverse weather
  • If you do have to go outside, try not to walk too close to trees or buildings

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