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UK weather forecast – Storm Dennis claims first two victims in rough seas as deadly ‘bomb cyclone’ batters Britain

STORM Dennis has claimed the lives of two victims as it batters Britain with a brutal 70mph "bomb cyclone" today.

The body of a man who fell overboard a tanker in rough seas was found near Margate Harbour, and a teenage boy tragically died in the stormy waves off the Kent coast.

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 The body of a man was found near Margate Harbour after a search and rescue operation
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The body of a man was found near Margate Harbour after a search and rescue operationCredit: PA:Press Association
 A teenager tragically died as Storm Dennis hit the UK, after going in the water at Herne Bay
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A teenager tragically died as Storm Dennis hit the UK, after going in the water at Herne BayCredit: UKNIP
 Storm Dennis has battered the UK, flooding residential streets
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Storm Dennis has battered the UK, flooding residential streetsCredit: Caters News Agency
 Storm Dennis hits the Blackpool North Shore
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Storm Dennis hits the Blackpool North ShoreCredit: DAVE NELSON
 UK weather forecast - Weather warnings are in place
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UK weather forecast - Weather warnings are in placeCredit: MET Office

A distress call was made from B Gas Margrethe, a 99-metre Maltese tanker anchored off the coast of Margate at around 5.40am, before the body was found at 1pm.

It comes as forecasters warn the "perfect storm" may worsen on Sunday, bringing with it a month's worth of rainfall on already flooded ravaged parts of the country.

A shocking weather map shows the whole of Britain covered by Storm Dennis warnings, as strong winds and rain continue to rage across the country.

The Met Office have issued multiple weather warnings for heavy rain and strong winds as deep floodwater may cause "danger to life".

The Environment Agency says there are 34 flood warnings in place and 246 flood alerts across the UK.

For the second weekend in a row Brits have been warned to stay inside where possible, with floods predicted to be worse than during last week's Storm Ciara - dubbed storm of the century - due to heavy rain hammering down on already saturated ground.

Several rivers have already burst their banks, causing flooding across the UK.

Travel chaos is expected and flights cancelled amid eight weather warnings.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK on Saturday have been axed due to the "danger to life" warnings - ruining 40,000 passengers half-term and holiday plans.

The British Army has been hauled in to help "exhausted" West Yorkshire residents tackle more rain due to sweep in with the looming weather system.

What is a bomb cyclone?

A "bomb cyclone", or explosive cyclogenesis, 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.

It got the name due to the dramatic drop which is similar to a bomb exploding.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "On a slightly more technical definition, it's called rapid cyclogenesis. It's a low pressure system which drops 24 milibars in 24 hours or more.

"An easier way to think of it is, it's a low pressure weather system that drops really quickly."

 A pathway has been submerged under water as the River Usk breaches its banks in Brecon
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A pathway has been submerged under water as the River Usk breaches its banks in BreconCredit: Getty Images - Getty

 

 Cars make their way through the flooded roads on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea
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Cars make their way through the flooded roads on the Gower Peninsula near SwanseaCredit: Rex Features

 

 Huge waves crash into the Porthcawl harbour wall this morning
Huge waves crash into the Porthcawl harbour wall this morningCredit: Caters News Agency
 Soldiers have been drafted in to help build defences against flooding for houses in Yorkshire
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Soldiers have been drafted in to help build defences against flooding for houses in YorkshireCredit: AFP or licensors
 At midnight on Saturday the entire British Isles will be swallowed up by the storm
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At midnight on Saturday the entire British Isles will be swallowed up by the stormCredit: WXcharts
 Storm Dennis looms over the UK as it arrives to batter Brits
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Storm Dennis looms over the UK as it arrives to batter Brits
 The Army has arrived to help set up flood defences in Mytholmroyd
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The Army has arrived to help set up flood defences in MytholmroydCredit: PA:Press Association
 Waves crash into the seafront at Dawlish, Devon
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Waves crash into the seafront at Dawlish, DevonCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Storm Dennis smashes waves into the harbour at Porthleven
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Storm Dennis smashes waves into the harbour at PorthlevenCredit: Alamy Live News
 The Army has been hauled in to help residents prepare for the battering
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The Army has been hauled in to help residents prepare for the batteringCredit: Mercury Press
 Brave racegoers at Haydock Races in Merseyside taking on Storm Dennis
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Brave racegoers at Haydock Races in Merseyside taking on Storm Dennis
 Women brave Storm Dennis at The Otley Run in Leeds
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Women brave Storm Dennis at The Otley Run in LeedsCredit: nb press ltd
 A kite surfer makes the most of the increasing wind off the cost of Worthing
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A kite surfer makes the most of the increasing wind off the cost of WorthingCredit: Chris Eades
 Environment Agency workers install temporary flood barriers along the bank of the River Mole
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Environment Agency workers install temporary flood barriers along the bank of the River MoleCredit: Reuters
 Stormy weather captured at Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire
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Stormy weather captured at Milford-on-Sea in HampshireCredit: Alamy Live News
 Waves smash against Porthcawl harbour wall as Storm Dennis arrives in the UK
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Waves smash against Porthcawl harbour wall as Storm Dennis arrives in the UKCredit: Getty Images - Getty
 Strong winds from Storm Dennis smash away the sea wall and leave a trail of rocks and pebbles along a beach in Westward Ho!
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Strong winds from Storm Dennis smash away the sea wall and leave a trail of rocks and pebbles along a beach in Westward Ho!Credit: Alamy Live News

Flood defences are in use to fight against the dramatic storm, with additional temporary flood barriers being installed in Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey.

Ciara left a devastating trail of destruction after a month's worth of rain was dumped in just 24 hours last weekend and three people died.

The storm cut off villages, left over 13,000 homes in the Midlands, the south west and Wales without power and sparked travel chaos on air, land and sea.

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.

John Curtin, the agency's executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were the areas he was most "concerned" about.

Mr Curtin said: "This (storm) could be a step up from what we have seen before."

"We had a big storm last weekend, (we now have) saturated catchments, snow melt and rainfall, so it is a perfect storm."

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Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and to allow more time for their journeys.

Tracks could be flooded as the ground near parts of the railway is already saturated, particularly in the North West.

Cross-border journeys between England and Scotland were severely restricted last weekend.

Households living near rail lines are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

The storm is also likely to cause treacherous driving conditions.

RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous said: "After so much wind and rain last weekend, drivers will again have to contend with some pretty dreadful conditions on the road with the arrival of Storm Dennis."

"With transport disruption likely, drivers should expect their journeys to take longer than usual and should stay up to date with the latest traffic and travel information, as the conditions could change quickly."

"It's essential motorists never attempt to drive through deep floodwater. Those that do are not just risking damage to their vehicles but risking their lives and those of their passengers."

 Ferry Cote Des Flandres ploughs through stormy seas into Dover Harbour on its Trip from Calais
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Ferry Cote Des Flandres ploughs through stormy seas into Dover Harbour on its Trip from CalaisCredit: JIM BENNETT
 Shoppers in Birmingham city centre battle through the gusty conditions
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Shoppers in Birmingham city centre battle through the gusty conditionsCredit: Caters News Agency
 Flooded fields and farmland by the River Cuckmere in Alfriston
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Flooded fields and farmland by the River Cuckmere in AlfristonCredit: Alamy Live News
 Sandbags are piled up by soldiers to try and ward off potential flooding in the Upper Calder Valley
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Sandbags are piled up by soldiers to try and ward off potential flooding in the Upper Calder ValleyCredit: PA:Press Association
 A traffic warning sign is seen on the A9 near Dunblane, Scotland
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A traffic warning sign is seen on the A9 near Dunblane, ScotlandCredit: Reuters
 The river Ouse in York is swollen with Storm Dennis giving an amber alert for more rain today
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The river Ouse in York is swollen with Storm Dennis giving an amber alert for more rain todayCredit: Alamy Live News
 The A20 Ferries are being delayed by Storm Dennis as strong winds cause travel chaos
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The A20 Ferries are being delayed by Storm Dennis as strong winds cause travel chaosCredit: JIM BENNETT
 Emergency workers put barricades in place in York, North Yorkshire
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Emergency workers put barricades in place in York, North YorkshireCredit: AFP or licensors
 The river Ouse in York is swollen with Storm Dennis on its way
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The river Ouse in York is swollen with Storm Dennis on its wayCredit: Alamy Live News
 Lifeguards are searching for a crew member from B Gas Margrethe
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Lifeguards are searching for a crew member from B Gas MargretheCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
 Flood defences in Mytholmroyd in the Upper Calder being built after the area was ravaged by Storm Ciara
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Flood defences in Mytholmroyd in the Upper Calder being built after the area was ravaged by Storm CiaraCredit: PA:Press Association
 Rows of sandbags being put in place to try and stop the effects of Storm Dennis
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Rows of sandbags being put in place to try and stop the effects of Storm DennisCredit: PA:Press Association
 Defences in West Yorkshire had been built up after homes and businesses were ruined last weekend
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Defences in West Yorkshire had been built up after homes and businesses were ruined last weekendCredit: PA:Press Association
 Drivers battle through the rain on the M1 near Sheffield as the storm arrives
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Drivers battle through the rain on the M1 near Sheffield as the storm arrivesCredit: nb press ltd
 Torrential rain and gale force winds batter the coast at Porthleven, Cornwall
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Torrential rain and gale force winds batter the coast at Porthleven, CornwallCredit: Alamy Live News
BMW owner watched helpless as his prized car was swept away by a freak Thames tidal surge following Storm Dennis


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