The UK is braced for widespread disruption for a second weekend in a row as Storm Dennis sweeps in.
Heavy rain and strong winds are due to hit this morning and last into Monday, affecting transport and triggering floods.
More than a month’s rain is set to fall in the space of 36 hours while many areas likely to be battered by 70mph winds.
Forecasters have issued a host of yellow and amber warnings across the UK, alerting people there is a ‘danger to life.’
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: ‘It’s not just one day but two into three days of potential problems from Storm Dennis.
‘Heavy rain is likely to be the biggest problem this weekend with flooding expected but it will still be very windy indeed and those winds could cause disruption
‘This storm will strike different parts of the UK at different times and in different ways so people need to make sure they are aware of the weather warnings.’
The Met Office said the ‘main areas of concern’ on Saturday are north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East bearing the brunt more on Sunday.
Storm Dennis is caused by an area of low pressure that has made its way across the Atlantic and is now sitting just south of Iceland.
The UK will start to feel its wrath from mid-morning on Saturday as the wind starts to fall down the west coast and spreads eastwards.
The Met Office said that the winds will not be as strong as the 97mph during Storm Ciara.
But Dennis is bringing warm air and this added moisture ‘is one of the reasons why the rainfall is likely to be heavier.’
This increased rain is why experts say Dennis has the potential to cause more problems than Ciara.
Some parts of the country could witness up to 120mm of rain, whereas the average rainfall for the entire month of February is 88mm.
Rain is falling onto ground already waterlogged from last week’s Storm Ciara, meaning there is a good chance of flooding.
The Environment Agency has issued 15 flood warnings and 160 flood alerts across the UK for Saturday.
Flood defences are due to be in operation this weekend, with additional temporary flood barriers being installed in Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey.
More than 500 staff are on active incident duty and 30 mobile pumps have been deployed, the EA said.
Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance trains and buses will be delayed or cancelled and roads closed.
Network Rail has advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes while the AA has warned of ‘treacherous driving conditions.’
Motorists have been advised not to attempt entering deep floodwater.
On Saturday, there are amber warnings in place over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the southwest saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.
More widely yellow warnings the length and breadth of the UK are alerting the public to strong winds and rain.
Winds inland are likely to hit 50mph, the Met Office said, and reach up to 70mph in coastal areas.
On Sunday, the entire UK falls under some form of weather warning for wind and rain.
The amber rain warnings are in place in many places in southern England, northern England and most of Wales.
Experts have said that conditions amount to a ‘perfect storm’ with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.
In England alone, some 800 properties flooded last weekend when Storm Ciara struck.