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Storm Dennis: Met Office issues warnings for more rain and wind

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The UK is bracing itself for more disruption, with another storm forecast for the second weekend running.

Storm Dennis “is likely to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption” in some areas the Met Office says.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind are in place for most of the country from Saturday afternoon and into Sunday evening.

It comes after Storm Ciara left hundreds of homes flooded and more than 500,000 without power.

The Met Office has issued amber warnings for rain in pockets of northern and South West England, and South Wales for 24 hours from 15:00 GMT on Saturday.

An amber warning is also in place for most of southern England from 00:15 until 18:00 on Sunday.

Flooding, power cuts and travel disruption are predicted in these areas.

Gusts are forecast to reach up to 50mph inland and about 80mph in coastal regions – less than the 97mph gusts which hit the country last weekend.

Yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain also cover all of England, Wales and southern Scotland between 0900 GMT and midday on Saturday.

Further yellow warnings for wind are in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland from midday on Sunday until midday on Monday – potentially bringing travel disruption to commuters.

BBC Weather forecaster Phil Avery said: “The real issue about Storm Dennis is going to be the amount of rainfall

Some places could see a month of rainfall over 48 hours, and parts of South East England could see two days of consistent rain.

“The sting in the tail, will be strong winds in parts of Scotland on Sunday evening and into Monday morning – which could potentially last through the rush hour.”

There were 13 flood warnings and 104 flood alerts in place across Britain at 10:30 on Friday.

The Environment Agency has urged people to check for further warnings throughout the weekend.

It said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, flood storage reservoirs and to put up temporary barriers to protect communities.

This includes the Foss Barrier in York, the Thames Barrier in London and another in Bewdley, Worcestershire, on the River Severn.

Flood duty manager Caroline Douglass said: “Remember to never drive or walk through floodwater, just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car – it’s not worth the risk.”

Meanwhile, the AA has urged drivers to take “extra care” when passing high-sided vehicles, cyclists and motorbikes.

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