THE Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of the UK this weekend, as Storm Dennis strikes.
A "perfect storm" of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of UK homes flooded this week.
Winds of up to 70mph are set to batter Brits and are expected to be worse than the gales Storm Ciara brought last week.
Follow our Storm Dennis live blog for all the latest news and updates.
DRIVER TAKES ON NARROW BRIDGE OVER FULL FLOW YORKSHIRE RIVER
A Yorkshire shepherdess' video of her driving over an old bridge with an incredibly tight squeeze has received more than a thousand likes on Twitter.
The hill farmer said she stalled once but didn't scrape her car as she slowly navigated it over the narrow bridge in Swaledale – one of the highest and “remotest” hill farms in England.
She said: “It's a bit narrow for modern vehicles but when the river is in full flow it is the only way in and out of the farm.”
It’s a bit narrow for modern vehicles but when the river is in full flow it is the only way in and out of the farm. 🚙
— YorkshireShepherdess (@AmandaOwen8) February 15, 2020
SURFING THE WAVES
Not everyone has stayed tucked up indoors away from the miserable weekend weather.
This afternoon Kite surfers, near Worthing, made the most of the strong offshore winds brought on by Storm Dennis.
STORM DENNIS IS BRUTAL 'BOMB CYCLONE'
Storm Dennis continues to batter the Porthleven harbour in Cornwall.
The country-wide storm is now a “bomb cyclone”, or explosive cyclogenesis which is caused by a sharp drop in air pressure within a storm.
This can create winds of up to 95mph.
It happens when the air pressure drops by 24 millibars within 24 hours, which shifts the weather dramatically.
“An easier way to think of it is, it's a low pressure weather system that drops really quickly,” said Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst.
STORM DENNIS CLAIMS SECOND VICTIM
The body of a man who fell overboard a tanker in rough seas has been found near Margate Harbour.
A body was found in the water at about 1pm after a seven-hour search in what the coastguard said were “very rough seas”.
Lifeboats were looking up to eight miles out to sea, while coastguard crews searched the shoreline.
The news comes after a teenage boy tragically died in rough seas off the coast of Herne Bay, Kent.
TEEN DIES AS STORM DENNIS BATTERS BRITAIN
A teenage boy tragically died in the rough seas after getting into trouble in the water off the coast of Herne Bay, Kent.
Emergency crews and a rescue helicopter was scrambled to Western Esplande just after 12pm on Saturday afternoon.
Kent Fire and rescue, Coastguard search and rescue teams and Hart Paramedics battled to try and save the young man who was found washed up on the beach.
The beach remains sealed off while police conduct an investigation and the parents of the teenager have been informed of his death.
MORE FLOODING EXPECTED TO HIT YORK
The level of the River Ouse in York has risen significantly as Storm Dennis sweeps into the country.
A flood warning from the Environment Agency remains in place after heavy rainfall from Storm Ciara caused the River Ouse's levels to rise.
People are advised to avoid low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads never rivers which may be flooded.
RACEGOERS BRAVE FIERCE WEATHER
Despite concerns that the event might have to be cancelled ahead of Storm Dennis, Haydock Park passed its precautionary inspection this morning.
“However, due to the severe weather forecast later today, we will continue to monitor the conditions – a further inspection will be called if conditions deteriorate,” said Haydock Park Races on Twitter.
Racegoers were seen clutching windblown umbrellas as they arrived at the racing event in Merseyside.
ROYAL NAVY SCOURS COAST OVER CONCERNS MAN IS LOST AT SEA
A Royal Navy warship has been sent out to search for a missing man off the Kent coast following a distress call at 5.40am.
A coastguard spokesman said: “RNLI lifeboats from Ramsgate and Margate have been sent, along with the search and rescue helicopter from Lydd.”
HMS Westminster is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.
Margate coastguard has also carried out a search of the shoreline.
'PERFECT STORM' ARRIVES AS HUGE WAVES CRASH INTO DEVON SEAFRONT
Dramatic pictures show waves crashing into the seafront at Dawlish, Devon.
The UK is bracing for more travel disruption as the “perfect storm” is set to bring gusts of up to 70mph.
SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THIS CAR…
Did Storm Dennis just deposit a fish on a teacher's car in Liverpool?
Blackmoor Park Junior School tweeted an image of a fish on a teacher's new car.
She said: “I just drove home through the rain this morning and it was on the roof of my car.
“No idea how it got there but definitely not a pet! I can only think a sea bird or rain carried it but the latter seems impossible surely?”
— Blackmoor Park (@BlackmoorParkJS) February 15, 2020
VILLAGERS WELCOME ARMED FORCES SUPPORT IN WEST YORKSHIRE TO COMBAT FLOODING
UK Armed Forces personnel from the 4th Infantry Brigade, has arrived in Calderdale to support the ongoing recovery from last week's Storm Ciara and prepare flood defences for Storm Dennis.
The Army troops will support organisations, residents and businesses on the ground.
If necessary, soldiers will also provide help with warning and informing residents and support with potential recovery efforts from high risk or flooded areas.
The leader of Calderdale Council, councillor Tim Swift said the presence of the officers would be a “reassuring sight” for residents who are still recovering from severe flooding caused by Storm Ciara.
“This extra and expert resource couldn't be more welcome to support already exhausted communities and help us respond to further weather warnings across Calderdale,” said cllr Swift.
👏🏼 I'm sure they will be welcomed with true community spirit along the valley. We have some spare capacity this weekend to provide respite to military personal needing a break, drying facility, shower or clean up. pic.twitter.com/Yg0MEcKMOt
— Angeldale (@AngeldaleBandB) February 15, 2020
HUGE WAVES CRASH AGAINST WELSH SHORE
As Storm Dennis rolls in to batter the UK, sightseers and storm watchers were out to witness the huge waves in Porthcawl, on the south coast of Wales.
There is a yellow warning for wind and rain in place for South Wales as the Met Office forecast heavy and persistent rain and severe gales for coastlines in the area.
At least 50,000 passengers have been affected by flight cancellations after easyJet announced it had grounded 234 flights to and from the UK on Saturday.
Travellers hoping to see some sun for the half-term break in popular destinations such as Barcelona, Faro in Portugal, Canaries and Madeira have had their flights cancelled.
Easyjet said it was doing everything possible to minimise the disruption for its customers and recommends passengers check the status of their flight and gate information on the airline's Flight Tracker website.
A spokesperson from the budget airline said: “Due to forecasted adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis, easyJet, like other airlines, is currently seeing disruption to its flight programme for Saturday, February 15.”
British Airways and its partner Iberia, have also grounded flights.
— easyJet (@easyJet) February 15, 2020
CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Travellers are being urged to check before they travel as Storm Dennis approaches.
Network Rail said Storm Ciara had left river levels high with saturated ground and Storm Dennis is likely to disrupt more journeys this weekend with river levels high and many trackside trees weakened.
Nick King, network services director at Network Rail, said: “As we saw last week, stormy weather brings high winds that can lead to trees and other debris falling on the railway.
“That is why we are again asking passengers to check their journeys before they travel this weekend, either with their train operator directly or through National Rail Enquiries.”
People living near train tracks are asked to keep the railway free of any unexpected debris by tying down or clearing away garden furniture, such as trampolines.
WELSH FARMER PREPS FOR 'WET AND WILD WEEKEND'
A Welsh farmer has shared a windy video of his cows ahead of Storm Dennis.
“It's going to be a morning of prepping for Storm Dennis,” said Gareth Wyn Jones from Llanfairfechan, North Wales.
The farmer will be making sure the watercourses are full and his cattle and sheep have enough food before the stormy weather arrives.
He joked: “It's going to be a wet, wild weekend here in North Wales. But we are living the dream.”
— Gareth Wyn Jones (@1GarethWynJones) February 15, 2020
STORM DENNIS 'DEEPENED RAPIDLY' OVERNIGHT
Storm Dennis has “deepened extremely rapidly” on its journey across the Atlantic overnight, according to BBC Weather.
It's now an intense area of low pressure that will bring severe gales and “a month's worth of rain in places”.
The Met Office said the central pressure is forecast to get near to 920 hectopascals (millibars) which is one of the lowest known pressures in the North Atlantic.
stormdennis has deepened extremely rapidly on its journey across the Atlantic. It's now an intense area of low pressure that'll bring severe gales and a month's worth of rain in places. pic.twitter.com/CHlCSjZ3fn
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 15, 2020
STORM DENNIS TO BATTER BRITAIN WITH 70MPH GALES AND 'DANGER TO LIFE' FLOODS
A “perfect storm” of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of homes across the UK flooded this week.
The Environment Agency (EA) said the latest storm is set to be worse than Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend.
These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and travel chaos.
Paul Davies, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said the worst affected areas will be the north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East set to suffer the most on Sunday.
AcceWeather said that “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.
“The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.”
In Selston, Nottinghamshire, Selston FC have tweeted about the school postponing all junior home games ahead of Storm Dennis – and used a cute pooch to highlight the impending deluge.
— Selston FC (@SelstonFC) February 14, 2020
While the UK battens down the hatches, HMS Echo reckons there are a few compensations for being at sea despite Storm Dennis “fast approaching”.
Crew aboard the 5,000-tonne Royal Navy warship today enjoyed the spectacle of being accompanied by dolphins while in the English Channel.
The English Channel hasn't been at it's most hospitable of late and stormdennis is fast approaching – but there are compensations for those of us still at sea!dolphinsnevergetdullalwaysbeasailor pic.twitter.com/nEpmufuHOK
— HMS Echo (@HMS_Echo) February 14, 2020
MONTH'S WORTH OF RAIN PREDICTED
Sky News reports that warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, while a month's worth of rain is expected in some places – in just one day.
Storm Dennis is “set to intensify”, it adds.
Tom Morgan, from the Met Office, told the broadcaster tonight: “Even in London and parts of the south-east there could be three-quarters of a month's rainfall.”
Storm Dennis: Warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, while a month worth of rainfall is expected in places https://t.co/AkAcrvjbFd
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 14, 2020
DISRUPTION TO RAIL TRIPS
It's feared that Storm Dennis may affect rail services across the country and passengers are being urged to check before they travel.
Households living near rail lines have been reminded to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.
Nick King, network services director at Network Rail, said: “Our teams of engineers will again be out working at all hours and in all weathers to remove fallen trees and debris from the railway, repair damaged infrastructure and work to reopen lines affected by flooding.”
STORM DENNIS ‘WORSE THAN STORM CIARA’
This weekend's “perfect storm” of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of homes flooded across the UK, experts have warned.
Storm Dennis is forecast to batter large swathes of the country with 70mph winds and up to 140mm (5.5in) of rain in some areas.
The Environment Agency said the flood impact from the weather system is likely to be worse than last weekend's Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend.
These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, while power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance transport links will be impacted.
Paul Davies, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said the “main areas of concern” on Saturday are north and south-west England and Wales, with the south-east set to suffer the most on Sunday.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 14, 2020
FLOOD RISK AS STORM DENNIS BRINGS TORRENTIAL RAIN
As of 6pm on Friday, there were 14 flood warnings – meaning flooding is “expected” – and 135 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in place across the country.
Flood defences will be in operation, and additional temporary flood barriers were installed in Shropshire and Lancashire on Friday ahead of the anticipated deluge.
Barriers to be deployed on Saturday include at Ilkley in Yorkshire and Leatherhead in Surrey.
More than 500 staff are on active incident duty and 30 mobile pumps have been deployed, the Environment Agency said.
stormdennis is expected to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to parts of the North, South East and South West of England over the weekend and into next week.
— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) February 14, 2020
‘ONLY TRAVEL IF NECESSARY’: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND
Highways England has recommended that people should “only travel if necessary and ensure your vehicle is ready for your journey.
“Ensure you have a fully charged phone, wet weather clothing and food and drink.”
stormdennis is going to affect all regions with strong winds & heavy rain this weekend. Please take care when travelling & consider whether your journey is necessary before setting out. More info: https://t.co/vDtvb3uhxN or @metofficeUK https://t.co/RUnXEntlzm weatheraware pic.twitter.com/qbdnRwyJAp
— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 14, 2020