Live updates as Wales prepares for Storm Dennis battering with three weather warnings in place

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More high winds and heavy rain are forecast to hit Wales this weekend as Storm Dennis arrives.

The bad weather comes just days after Storm Ciara unleashed 80mph winds across parts of Wales.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings for Wales on Saturday and Sunday.

The first warning will come into effect at 10am on Saturday and lasts until 11.59pm as very strong winds threaten to cause disruption across the country.

According to forecasters it will be “very wet and windy for all” in Wales on Saturday “with severe gales likely on coastlines” that could reach 70mph. “There will be some heavy bursts of rain, with hail and thunder a possibility,” according to the Met Office. The maximum temperature will be 13°C. See how much rain is expected in your area by going here .

The Met Office wind warning says delays to road, rail, air, and ferry travel should be expected along with delays to high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges. “Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible,” they add.

An amber weather warning for rain is in force for 24 hours from 3pm on Saturday, which covers the M4 corridor north of Cardiff up to Brecon and stretches from Newport in the east to Neath and Pontardawe in the west.

This is the map of the area affected:




 

Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings, the Met Office warns, adding: “Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.” They say there is a “good chance” some communities will be “cut off by flooded roads” within the area affected by the amber warning.

Virtually the whole of Wales is covered by a yellow weather warning for rain which comes into force at noon on Saturday and runs until 9pm on Sunday.

A spokesman for Natural Resources Wales warned of “further significant river and surface water flooding”, adding: “With river levels still very high and ground already saturated following Storm Ciara, the risk of flooding is significant as rivers are likely to rise quickly.”

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