The Met Office has warned that there could be a ‘danger to life’ this weekend when Storm Dennis hits the South West.
Heavy wind and rain is predicted on Saturday – including gusts approaching 60mph – while a rain warning remains in place on Sunday.
The Exeter-based Met Office has warned that there is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from ‘flying debris’ and ‘large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties’.
Meteorologists have also warned of damage to buildings, power cuts, road closures and travel delays – including by road, rail, air and sea.
The yellow wind warning starts at noon on Saturday and runs until midnight, while the rain alert also begins at midday and lasts for 24 hours.
The warnings on Saturday cover much of England and Wales and parts of Scotland.
Sunday’s rain warning is across the whole of the south of England, much of Wales and parts of the north-west as well.
There are also numerous flood warnings and alerts in place over Devon and Cornwall.
What to expect
- There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
- There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
- Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
- There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses
- There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
- There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
- There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
- There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
- There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- There is 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
South West England weekend weather forecast
Saturday will begin cloudy and rain will soon arrive, lashing Devon and Cornwall for the rest of the day. It will be windy for the whole day.
Sunday will see the rain continue for much of the day before potentially easing off in the evening.