Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis is on its way (Picture: PA/Met Office)

The UK is braced for widespread disruption for a second weekend in a row as Storm Dennis sweeps in.

Heavy rain and strong winds are due to hit this morning and last into Monday, affecting transport and triggering floods.

More than a month’s rain is set to fall in the space of 36 hours while many areas likely to be battered by 70mph winds.

Forecasters have issued a host of yellow and amber warnings across the UK, alerting people there is a ‘danger to life.’

A car is stuck in flood water near Peasmarsh, Somerset, where heavy rainfall overnight has caused the nearby River Yarty to rise. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2020. The miserable weather looks set to continue as host of yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office from Thursday until Monday, which include the arrival of Storm Dennis at the weekend. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Storm Ciara caused major floods last weekend (Picture: PA)

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The eye of Storm Dennis is just south of Iceland (Picture: Met Office)

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: ‘It’s not just one day but two into three days of potential problems from Storm Dennis.

‘Heavy rain is likely to be the biggest problem this weekend with flooding expected but it will still be very windy indeed and those winds could cause disruption

‘This storm will strike different parts of the UK at different times and in different ways so people need to make sure they are aware of the weather warnings.’

The Met Office said the ‘main areas of concern’ on Saturday are north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East bearing the brunt more on Sunday.

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There are a host of yellow and amber warnings in place this weekend (Picture: Met Office)

Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire is reflected in floodwater from the River Aire. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2020. The coal-fired power station, near Selby, ceased generating electricity in March 2018. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire is reflected in floodwater from the River Aire (Picture: PA)

Storm Dennis is caused by an area of low pressure that has made its way across the Atlantic and is now sitting just south of Iceland.

The UK will start to feel its wrath from mid-morning on Saturday as the wind starts to fall down the west coast and spreads eastwards.

The Met Office said that the winds will not be as strong as the 97mph during Storm Ciara.

But Dennis is bringing warm air and this added moisture ‘is one of the reasons why the rainfall is likely to be heavier.’

This increased rain is why experts say Dennis has the potential to cause more problems than Ciara.

HEAVY WINDS BROUGHT CHAOS TO MERSYSIDE TODAY PEOPLE WHERE WARNED TO KEEP AWAY FROM THE RIVER MERSEY FERRIES WERE CANCELLED ROADS IN NEW BRIGHTON WERE CLOSED AS FLOODING TOOK PLACE. PICS SHOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IGNORING WARNINGS TO KEEP AWAY TO GET SELFIES OF THE HIGH WAVES SOME GOT SO CLOSE THEY COULD HAVE BEEN WASHED OUT INTO THE RAGING MERSEY. Pictured: STORM CIARA HITS NEW BRIGHTON Ref: SPL5148023 110220 NON-EXCLUSIVE Picture by: Keith Fairbrother / SplashNews.com Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles: 310-821-2666 New York: 212-619-2666 London: +44 (0)20 7644 7656 Berlin: +49 175 3764 166 photodesk@splashnews.com World Rights,

Heavy winds are expected to batter coastal areas (Picture: Splash)

YORK, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: The waters of the River Ouse passing through York breach the river banks causing flooding as water levels rise on February 11, 2020 in York, England. As Storm Ciara moves away from the country across Europe some of the rain that fell during the storm has now made its way down stream into the rivers. Several weather alerts for flooding remain in place in York. Snow is now also forecast over coming days on some areas of higher ground. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

The River Ouse in York breached its banks last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Some parts of the country could witness up to 120mm of rain, whereas the average rainfall for the entire month of February is 88mm.

Rain is falling onto ground already waterlogged from last week’s Storm Ciara, meaning there is a good chance of flooding.

The Environment Agency has issued 15 flood warnings and 160 flood alerts across the UK for Saturday.

Flood defences are due to be in operation this weekend, with additional temporary flood barriers being installed in Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey.

More than 500 staff are on active incident duty and 30 mobile pumps have been deployed, the EA said.

MYTHOLMROYD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Residents begin clearing up following severe flooding beside the River Calder on February 10, 2020 in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

Residents begin clearing up following severe flooding beside the River Calder, West Yorkshire, last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Flooding in Bosham, Sussex caused by the high tide, the Met Office have said that "a spell of very strong winds," with gusts of 60-70mph, is expected across southern England on Monday, bringing likely delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday February 10, 2020. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read:Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Motorists have been advised not to enter deep floodwater (Picture: PA)

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance trains and buses will be delayed or cancelled and roads closed.

Network Rail has advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes while the AA has warned of ‘treacherous driving conditions.’

Motorists have been advised not to attempt entering deep floodwater.

On Saturday, there are amber warnings in place over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the southwest saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

More widely yellow warnings the length and breadth of the UK are alerting the public to strong winds and rain.

Winds inland are likely to hit 50mph, the Met Office said, and reach up to 70mph in coastal areas.

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Sunday’s weather warnings from the Met Office (Picture: Met Office)

A fallen tree lays across garage doors in Chelwood Road, Earley, Berkshire, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday February 10, 2020. See PA story WEATHER Storm . Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Trees and structures already weakened are at risk of toppling (Picture: PA)

On Sunday, the entire UK falls under some form of weather warning for wind and rain.

The amber rain warnings are in place in many places in southern England, northern England and most of Wales.

Experts have said that conditions amount to a ‘perfect storm’ with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.

In England alone, some 800 properties flooded last weekend when Storm Ciara struck.





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