Amber danger to life warnings have been issued across the UK ahead of Storm Dennis’s arrival this weekend.
Met Office forecasters said the tempest would unleash “heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel” as it crashes into the country.
Most of the UK – the only exception being the Scottish Highlands – have been placed on yellow wind and rain alerts on Saturday, with the South West, Wales, the North West and up to central Scotland being under both.
But, the South Wales Valleys, Devon – between Exeter and Plymouth and parts of Lancashire are on an amber alert.
The yellow weather warnings will expand to cover the whole of Scotland on Sunday and Berkshire, parts of Surrey, as well as East and West Sussex, will face an amber alert.
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The Met Office warned fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life and that these conditions would mean it would be difficult to drive in.
Delays are also to be expected with bus and train services to be affected.
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Brits should also be prepared for power cuts and the loss of other services to homes and businesses.
The Met Office said: “Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.
“Around 20-40mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.
“Over the higher ground of Wales and southwest England, 120-140 of rain is possible in a few locations. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall.”
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Storm Dennis comes as the UK continues to reel from the last devastating tempest.
Widespread damage was caused when Storm Ciara smashed into the nation, bringing with her flooding and mass delays.
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