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Brace yourself for gusts of up to 60mph as Storm Dennis hits Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:18 15 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:54 15 February 2020

Winds were starting to pick up in Felixstowe as Storm Dennis approached Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Winds were starting to pick up in Felixstowe as Storm Dennis approached Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Wind speeds could reach 60mph in Suffolk this weekend as Storm Dennis is likely to bring widespread disruption.

A dog walker braces the wind at Felixstowe beach Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA dog walker braces the wind at Felixstowe beach Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Across the UK, Met Office warnings for rain and wind have been issued, with some places facing gusts of up to 80mph and between 120-140mm of rainfall.

In Suffolk, a yellow warning for wind is in place, which means some disruption to travel is likely and there could be some short-term loss of power, but there is no warning for rain.

Dan Holley, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said gusts could reach 60mph at the coast this afternoon, but elsewhere in the county expect speeds of 50/55mph.

Environment Agency workers are making repairs to Felixtowe Ferry beach ahead of the storm picking up later today.

Walkers along the promenade at Felixstowe as Storm Dennis picked up Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNWalkers along the promenade at Felixstowe as Storm Dennis picked up Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mr Holley said: "Although the winds aren't as strong as they were last weekend they are still pretty strong and the winds last weekend will have weakened trees anyway.

"Trees blocking roads could be an issue."

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Wind speeds will peak this afternoon and will continue overnight, with a second peak - with gusts of 60mph in some places - expected first thing tomorrow morning.

Repairs to Felixtowe Ferry beach ahead of Storm Dennis Picture: VICTORIA LISTERRepairs to Felixtowe Ferry beach ahead of Storm Dennis Picture: VICTORIA LISTER

As tomorrow goes on, it will still be blustery, but the wind won't be as strong - expect speeds of 40-50mph. It should also be brighter.

There will be some rain too, but only 10-15mm at most, Mr Holley said.

He said major flooding was unlikely, with East Anglia facing the least impact nationally, but there could be some in rural areas.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent an appliance to Chadburn Road, Long Melford, near Sudbury, just before midnight last night due to reports of flooding.

Repairs to Felixtowe Ferry beach ahead of Storm Dennis Picture: VICTORIA LISTERRepairs to Felixtowe Ferry beach ahead of Storm Dennis Picture: VICTORIA LISTER

Temperatures will reman mild.


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