Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber

Batten down the hatches once again as Storm Denis makes its way to Ireland

Scotland is bracing itself for a grim weekend of weather as Storm Dennis blows in after temperatures plunged to their lowest so far this winter.

The trail of destruction left by Storm Ciara, which hit the United Kingdom over the weekend of February 8 and 9, is expected to cost up to £200m in insurance claims.

ENW engineers have been cutting back trees close to powerlines to help try to keep supplies running throughout the weekend and the EA has pumping stations ready in areas including Appleby and Carlisle.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "Storm Dennis is likely to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend".

Adam Goymour, company director, said anyone who had pre-booked tickets would be offered a refund or an opportunity to swap the day of their visit.

Nationally, a total of three new amber warnings covering areas of high land and associated rivers have been issued for a 24-hour period over the weekend.

Mount Congreve gardens is due to reopen this Friday, but will remain closed if "severe weather warnings" are in place by Met Éireann.

While Storm Dennis is not predicted to be as severe as Ciara, wet and windy conditions are expected to continue until Tuesday.

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Cllr Humby added: "The forecast is for heavy rain this coming Saturday".

This will be the second named storm to trouble Ireland in the last week after Ciara brought days of rough weather to the west coast, and the fourth of the season.

Motoring groups have urged drivers to take extra care on the road and prepare for journeys to take longer because of the weather.

"That way you'll have the very latest information and you'll know what to expect".

It was caused by the River Nith eroding an embankment under the railway during Storm Ciara, with 1,700 tons dislodged over a 50m section of track.

Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Remember to never drive or walk through floodwater".

Network Rail has reminded passengers to CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING this weekend as Storm Dennis sweeps across Britain.

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