The Manc - Another hellish weekend ahead as Storm Dennis follows Storm Ciara"

Another hellish weekend ahead as Storm Dennis follows Storm Ciara

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Enjoy the brief respite from the chaotic weather while you can. We've got to go through it all again very soon. 

Storm Dennis is taking over where Ciara left off, battering the north with icy winds, snow, sleet and rain from Thursday (February 13) right up until the end of the weekend.

Gusts of more than 60mph are expected to hit on Saturday, with the Met Office issuing a "danger to life" warning.

Transport is likely to be affected and people are being encouraged to prepare for power failures.

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Dennis is the fourth named storm of 2020, arriving fresh off the back of Ciara which caused mass flooding in Rochdale, Ramsbottom and Todmorden.

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday.

"Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely.

"Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

"With further warnings possible over the next few days people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media."

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Clean-up operations are still in place following the most recent tempest, and local residents are bracing themselves for another difficult few days as Dennis sweeps the north.

According to current forecasts, the worst of the weather will pass by early next week - although moderate winds will remain in Manchester for another few days.

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