Storm Dennis ‘danger to life’ warnings – see how your area will be affected

Monster gales of up to 70mph will batter most of the country this weekend as forecasters fear Storm Dennis will bring "danger to life".

While snow fell today and yesterday in northern England in the wake of brutal Storm Ciara, the next wave of unsettled weather will cause travel chaos and flooding.

It'll be worse in Wales and southwest England, particularly on Saturday when the vicious mix of downpours and gales will cause "a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris" and "some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs."

But early indications suggest Dennis will be a 1,200 mile-wide tempest.


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Southwest England

The yellow weather warning for winds blankets the whole of southwest England from midday on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

But the weather warning for rain remains in place throughout Saturday and into early Sunday afternoon. Around 70mm of rain will fall in this region across 48 hours.

Flooding is therefore likely across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.



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Wales

Likewise, the yellow weather warning for winds is in place for most of Wales from midday on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

And the rain weather warning remains in place throughout Saturday and into early Sunday afternoon. The west of Wales will be worst affected, particularly on Saturday afternoon.

Rivers in south Wales are thought to become saturated quickly.

There could be between 50mm and 70mm of rain across the whole of Wales over the two days.

"The west of Wales could be one of the worst affected areas. It'll be very wet there and windy over the weekend," Steven Keates, Met Office meteorologist, told Mirror Online.


Midlands

Huge gales will be the main threat to the Midlands, particularly West Midlands, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. Gusts of 60mph will be accompanied by heavy rain.

"There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris," the Met Office said.

"There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs."

Downpours will be at their worst on Sunday in this region.

Southeast England and London

The weather warning for rain stretches across southern counties on both Saturday and Sunday. It's thought around 50mm of rain will fall across 48 hours across Hampshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Most of the capital will, by and large, avoid the worst of the downpours.

But the vicious winds will post danger across London and the Home Counties on Saturday.

The Met Office added: "There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

"There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected."

Storm Ciara's gusts caused delays at some UK airports this week.

Eastern England

This region will be one of the least affected in the UK. However the winds will still be strong, especially on Sunday and in coastal areas.

Therefore authorities are on high alert in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

"Around the coasts gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. This will be accompanied by heavy rain at times," the Met Office website says.

"There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."

Northwest England

It is thought between 50mm and 60mm of rain will batter Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire on Saturday.

Temperatures there will plunge to 7C on Sunday, with widespread frost expected overnight into Sunday morning. Snow is unlikely to be a threat to the region.

Saturday's monster winds will be most dangerous in Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and surrounding areas.

Northeast England

All of Yorkshire and Humber will bear the forlorn brunt of the latest storm.

Gusts should reach more than 70mph along the coastline.

The rain should be less of an issue in this region.

In fact, Tyne and Wear, Durham and the surrounding areas have not yet been issued with any of the weather warnings.

But the Met Office stress things are constantly being monitored by forecasters.

Scotland

Likewise, none of the weather warnings cover Scotland. Temperatures will plummet to 4C in central Scotland on Sunday and there could be a dusting of snow in rural parts.

However rainfall and wind speeds aren't yet deemed to be hazardous enough to be "dangers to life".

Authorities across the country are watching for changes.

It'll be windy in Northern Ireland but, again, not enough to concern forecasters too much.

Temperatures will struggle to exceed 6C this weekend across the nation.

It'll be overcast with showers on Saturday.

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