Pet owners warned to keep dogs inside during ‘distressing’ Storm Dennis

Pet owners have been warned to keep their dogs inside as Storm Dennis approaches and promises to be worse than the last weekend's blast.

Experts are warning that Storm Dennis will be a “step up” from Storm Ciara which devastated the UK last week and brought wet ground, snow and heavy rain.

Dogs Trust warned pet owners to keep their pups indoors as much as possible during the storm.

"Extreme weather and thunderstorms can be distressing for dogs," Catherine Dobbie, veterinary surgeon at Dogs Trust, told The Sun.

"If you are worried about the weather, keep your dogs indoors as much as possible."

And pet owners posted photos online showing how they would be preparing their pups for the weekend's weather.

One posted a photo of her dog with a scarf around its head and wrote: "Storm Dennis, I'm ready for ya."

The Environment Agency is urging people to sign up to its flood warnings service ahead of the arrival of the storm.

Director of Flood Prevention John Curtin said experts are still unsure exactly where the floods could hit but say that broadly Northern England, the Pennines, Wales, South West England remain at risk.

He said: "It's been a long winter already, many places are already saturated, we had a storm last weekend and that's why we're most concerned about this weekend coming."

Paul Davies, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said much of the UK can expect between 20mm to 40mm of rain over the weekend, increasing to 50mm to 80mm in some areas.

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings covering England, Wales and large parts of Scotland on Saturday, and the entire UK on Sunday.

These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and there is a good chance transport links will be impacted.

Winds of up to 70mph and severe downpours are forecast.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "Storm Dennis will bring a disruptive spell of weather over the weekend, and there are warnings in place for strong winds and heavy rain.

"In parts of Devon, South Wales, northern England and a swathe of southern England – stretching from Andover eastwards – rainfall is expected to be particularly heavy and persistent, and these areas are covered by amber warnings because of the risk of flooding and other disruption."

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