In Brief

Storm Dennis: what we know

More wet and windy weather set to hit UK just a week after Storm Ciara

Storm Dennis is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and strong winds across the UK at the weekend.

The new storm is set to “smash into the UK” as the country is still recovering from Storm Ciara’s 97mph gales and widespread flooding, says The Sun. The Express says the latest extreme weather front will bring “three days of misery”.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of England and Wales on Saturday, with winds of up to 60mph expected and further flooding.

A statement from the weather said: “Storm Dennis is expected to bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.” 

The Mirror reports that “early indications suggest Dennis will be a 1,200 mile-wide tempest” and will hit hardest in Wales and southwest England.

Dennis, forecast to land on Friday or Saturday, is the fourth named storm to hit Britain this season and will be pulled in by a 250mph jet stream, according to the Met Office.

Officials say there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris, and a slight chance of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs. There is also a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Travel disruption and power cuts are likely too.

The Met Office decided to start giving storms names back in 2014, in a bid to “make people more aware of them and how dangerous they can be”, says theCBBC Newsround site.  The first windstorm to be named was Abigail, on 10 November 2015.

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