‘Bomb cyclone’ Storm Dennis to bring ‘danger to life’ 70mph winds all weekend

Brits are braced for widespread weather disruption as Storm Dennis closes in and explodes into a 'bomb cyclone' this weekend.

Strong winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain will see road closures and transport delays or cancellations at affected areas.

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

The formidable Storm Dennis is likely to sweep into the country this weekend as a bomb cyclone, meaning a sudden pressure drop within the storm system and draws hurricane-force winds.

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Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told Glasgow Live: "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."

The storm is expected it between 9am and lunchtime and kick-starts 72 hours of misery.

They have issued eight weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend -including amber warnings on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and parts of the southwest, saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

Power cuts are also expected as the Environment Agency (EA) said flooding is likely to be worse than under last weekend's Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

Newly-appointed Environment Secretary George Eustice said authorities were "fully focused on ensuring that communities are protected".

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.

As of 11pm on Friday, there were 12 flood warnings – meaning flooding is "expected" – and 141 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in places across the country.

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.

Meanwhile, people 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, with drivers urged not to attempt entering deep floodwater.

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