UK weather forecast: Danger of death across Britain as Storm Dennis strikes
Storm Dennis is forecast to hit Britain this weekend, with its surging winds and heavy rain striking the the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning. Large swathes of the country will come under the pressure of 70mph winds, while 140mm (5.5inches) of rain is set to fall in some areas.
Those areas Wales, south west England, north England between Manchester and Newcastle, as well parts of the Scottish Highlands.
A “danger to life” warning has once again been issued for nearly all of the UK by the Met Office as battered coastline communities once again put up flood defences.
The weather system is likely to be worse than last weekend.
Several areas around the UK have amber weather warnings – one up from the yellow weather warning usually issued.
The warning is for rain across areas spanning London to Newcastle, Wales to Land’s End.
The Met Office says the danger to life warning comes from deep floodwater.
It also says Britons should expect some cancellations to train and bus services.
Driving conditions will also become treacherous, with spray and flooding leading to road closures and slippery surfaces.
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There is a good chance communities – especially those that are isolated – will be cut off from major towns and centres, and should expect the loss of power and other services.
Meanwhile, the yellow warnings for wind, overlapping many of the regions that have existing warnings for rain, will likely force the closure of bridges and roads in exposed areas.
Flights are also expected to be suspended, as well as ferry transport.
On Friday, the Met Office issued a warning that said: “Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.
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“The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday.
“Gusts of 50mph are expected inland.
“Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely.
“The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.”
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