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“BOMB cyclone” Storm Dennis hammers UK

PortandTerminal.com, February 15, 2020

LONDON – The UK is experiencing a second weekend of severe weather disruption, as experts warn Storm Dennis could inflict more damage than the recent Storm Ciara.

READ: Maritime Image of the Day – Storm Ciara Batters Northern Europe

Severe weather warnings are in place for most of the UK – forecasters say a month’s worth of rain could fall in some places. Wind gusts of up to 70mph (113kmph) are expected.

Huge waves crashed into the Porthcawl harbour wall
Huge waves crashed into the Porthcawl harbour wall as Storm Dennis rolled in this morning. Storm Dennis became a ‘bomb cyclone’ on Thursday, when air pressure dropped by 24 millibars within 24 hours

So strong are the winds that even wholesale gas prices fell early on Friday in the UK as the storm was forecast to bring winds strong enough to boost output from the country’s many wind farms.

In Sligo, Ireland the winds were severe enough that a waterfall called The Devil’s Chimney was actually blown back on itself.

There have been 100s of flight cancellations, train delays and flooding throughout the UK. Emergency crews and a rescue helicopter was scrambled to Herne Bay, Kent, to try to save a daredevil teen who got into difficulty in the sea and died.

CalMac ferry MV Caledonian Isles rocking in Ardrossan harbour as Storm Dennis hits Scotland. Credit: Stuart Bell

CalMac ferry MV Caledonian Isles rocking in Ardrossan harbour as Storm Dennis hits Scotland. Credit: Stuart Bell

Posted by Life At Sea on Saturday, February 15, 2020

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