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Warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, while a month’s worth of rainfall is expected in places.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the army has been called in as Storm Dennis prepares to hit the UK with strong winds and flooding.
The UK is bracing for disruption as the “perfect storm” approaches, bringing gusts of up to 70mph (113kmph).
The storm could bring a month’s rainfall in one day and some parts of the country could see up to 12cm (4.7in).
More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled due to the weather on Saturday.
British Airways has said most of its flights are scheduled to go ahead as planned, but it is expecting disruption due to strong winds.
As of 9.30am on Saturday, there were 14 flood warnings – meaning people should take immediate action as flooding is expected – and 140 flood alerts, which means flooding is possible.
Forecasters have issued separate weather warnings for rain and wind covering most of the UK until Monday.
This includes amber warnings from midday on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the South West saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.
Troops are being deployed to help with flood preparations in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.
The Ministry of Justice has said 75 personnel based in Catterick and 70 reservists from Yorkshire are constructing around 700m of barriers, helping to repair defences and lay down sandbags.
Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said: “The presence of army officers in Calderdale will be a reassuring sight for the many residents and businesses who are still recovering from Storm Ciara and preparing for Storm Dennis.
“Council staff, partners, volunteers and community groups have worked tirelessly all week and will continue to work around the clock for as long as necessary to help keep people safe and to manage the flood risk.”
A Royal Navy ship is assisting in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Margate, Kent, after a man was reported overboard from a vessel at around 5:41am on Saturday.
It it is not clear if the incident is connected to Storm Dennis.
RNLI lifeboats, a police boat and the coastguard helicopter are assisting with the Navy ship with the search.
The Met Office says Storm Dennis poses a greater risk of widespread flooding than Storm Ciara the weekend before.
The Environment Agency (EA) said this is due to rain falling on already saturated ground.
Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.
Courtesy of Sky News