Storm Dennis: Prepare for worst floods of the year, experts warn

Met Éireann Storm Dennis weather chart

Met Éireann Storm Dennis weather chart

There is a Yellow warning of wind from 10am on Saturday to midnight on Sunday, with Storm Dennis expected to cause disruption to travel and short term losses of power.

An amber alert for rain covers parts of Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders from 12:00 to 23:00 on Saturday.

An NFU Mutual spokesman said: "Storm-force winds in rural areas can cause significant damage as farms and homes are situated on higher ground and less protected by other buildings".

Paul Davis, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "With Ciara the rain was heavy but swift".

It was caused by the River Nith eroding an embankment under the railway during Storm Ciara, with 1,700 tons dislodged over a 50m section of track.

Before that, we have a new status yellow rainfall warning to contend with.

Much of the country is set to be buffeted by gusts of around 50mph, although coastal regions may experience heavier winds.

The amber rain warnings are unlikely to affect Suffolk in the next 48 hours, but high winds are expected across the region throughout the weekend.

The Met Office has also told people to expect some transport delays, and it's likely some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray.

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

"No changes to train services on Saturday or Sunday due to the forecast adverse weather have yet been announced, but further updates will be issued should anything change". Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.

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