Met Office expands ‘danger to life’ warning for UK as Storm Dennis approaches

The Met Office has expanded its amber warning to a larger area of the UK as Storm Dennis prepares to batter the nation this weekend.

The Met’s “danger to life” rain alert has been expanded across northern England and Wales, with two months of rain to fall in 24 hours.

It warns cities, towns and villages in the warning area, which includes York and Greater Manchester, are “likely” to see flooding.

It adds that “damage to buildings” is also likely on Saturday and Sunday, with “fast flowing or deep flooding” causing a danger to life.

And it states there is a “good chance communities will be cut off by flooded roads”, with power cuts also likely.

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The Met Office’s updated warning reads: “The warning area over northern England has been expanded while the high ground of north Wales has also now been included.

“Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.

“Around 20-40 mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80 mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.

“Over the higher ground of Wales 100-120 mm of rain is possible in a few locations. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall.”

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The Met Office has also issued a series of other yellow and amber warnings in the last few days for the country this weekend, with the storm’s 80mph winds set to add to the carnage.

Its yellow warning for wind, which covers all of England and Wales, reads: “Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.

“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 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

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“The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.”

Amber warnings for torrential rain has also been issued for southern England, covering Brighton and Winchester, as well as south-west England between Plymouth and Exeter.

This warning reads: “Spells of heavy and prolonged rainfall are anticipated to bring around 20-40 mm of rain quite widely, with 60-80 mm possible in a few locations.

“This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall.”

The incoming storm comes just days after Storm Ciara wreaked havoc on the nation with 100mph winds and widespread flooding.

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