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Preparing for Storm Dennis: Hold on to your hats... and your trampolines

Another windy weekend is upon us, and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued some advice to residents.

Expect strong winds as Storm Dennis arrives (29229760)
Expect strong winds as Storm Dennis arrives (29229760)

Storm Dennis is expected to bring gusts of up to 50 or 60mph in the East of England from mid-afternoon on Saturday and into Sunday morning.

A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place across the region, from 10am on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday.

The fire service urged people to:

  • Secure items in the garden, such as trampolines, garden furniture, hanging signage and wheelie bins before the storm arrives
  • Consider whether your journey is really necessary - if you do need to go out, take extra care and drive to the weather conditions, leaving extra braking distance in wet conditions
  • Expect difficult travel conditions - rain is forecast, so local surface water flooding is possible.

The service added: “If residents do come across a fallen tree or debris in the road, please contact the police on 999 if there is a risk to life, or 101 in a non-emergency. If you experience a power cut, call UK Power Networks on 105.”

Rail companies, including Greater Anglia, urged passengers to check before they travel due to potential disruption to the timetable.

Storm Ciara, which hit last weekend, led to major delays and cancellations on services from Cambridge into London.

Motorists were also advised to keep a close eye on the conditions.

Storm Ciara felled this plane tree in Jesus Green last weekend. Picture: Keith Heppell
Storm Ciara felled this plane tree in Jesus Green last weekend. Picture: Keith Heppell

Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.

“In heavy rain, drivers should keep well back from the vehicle in front, gradually ease off the accelerator if the steering becomes unresponsive, and slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles makes it difficult to see and be seen.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.

Highways England has issued a warning to motorists (29229763)
Highways England has issued a warning to motorists (29229763)

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

Wimpole Hall has announced that its entire estate will be closed on Saturday due to Storm Dennis.

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Storm Dennis: 50mph winds forecast for Cambridgeshire as Met Office issues warning

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