Rainfall warning issued for country with flooding expected

Saindbags at the ready

Saindbags at the ready

Network Rail warned journeys throughout the West Midlands faced disruption and urged people to check timetables.

"Rural areas can be prone to power cuts with lines brought down by high winds and fallen trees".

Markets in Walsall, Bloxwich and Willenhall will be closed on Saturday in light of warnings issued, said Walsall Council. However, they will be less severe than last weekend's weather.

Dudley Zoo said officials would assess the weather conditions and would make a decision on opening by Saturday morning.

"The core of it will be around 917mb but that could change between now and then", Ms Watters said. Parts of Iceland could even see hurricane force winds.

The Environmental Agency says rain totals could be around 20mm to 40mm.

Warnings for wind and rain are in place for much of the country from 10am on Saturday to 11.59pm on Sunday, with the strongest winds expected on Saturday, February 15.

There were also six flood alerts for Staffordshire.

Winds of up to 70mph and severe downpours are forecast. We will continue to monitor weather and river levels closely and we are issuing flood warnings to communities at risk to help them take action and stay safe.

Saddleworth residents woke up to a spectacular dawn this morning, but The Met Office is forecasting Storm Dennis could do more damage this weekend.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect southern Scotland during Saturday, particularly through the afternoon".

SP Energy Networks, the electricity distributor for central and southern Scotland, said flooding on roads could make it hard for engineers to reach faults in the network.

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