Floods imperil Wales, Scotland as hundreds of weather warnings issued

Hundreds of severe weather warnings were in place across Britain on Sunday as heavy winds and rains continued to sweep across the region, causing dangerous flooding and travel chaos.

Storm Dennis was bringing prolonged periods of rain to southern Scotland, where authorities issued evacuation orders to residents. Meanwhile, in South Wales, the Met Office issued a red alert and described the situation as “life-threatening.”

According to dpa, the Taff River in Wales burst its banks overnight, flooding parts of the town of Pontypridd, about 20 kilometres north of Cardiff.

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Tredegar in south-eastern Wales has received 105 millimetres of rain over 24 hours, Britain’s Press Association reported, while wind gusts in the coastal town of Aberdaron reached 146 kilometres per hour on Saturday.

The army had been deployed in areas to help bolster flood defences.

Roads have been closed and train lines blocked in Wales, Scotland and England since Dennis began battering the area on Saturday. Hundreds of flights were also cancelled over the weekend, many of them operated by EasyJet and British Airways.

It’s the second weekend in a row of downpours and destructive winds in Britain after Storm Ciara flooded hundreds of homes and businesses a week ago.

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