Britain will be washed out by up to five inches of rain – causing huge flood risks – and 80mph winds as Storm Dennis runs riot this weekend, the Met Office has warned.
#StormDennis could become one of the deepest Atlantic low pressure systems in modern records
Now developing in the north Atlantic, it's about to undergo a period of explosive cyclogenesis – the central pressure forecast to drop 50-60mb in 24 hours to around 917mb (record 914mb) pic.twitter.com/cSGR7JhzeO
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 14, 2020
Storm Dennis, the fourth named storm of the year, is going to push severe gales and heavy rain eastwards.
The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster, said: “Dennis could rival the most intense North Atlantic storms on record.
“The lower the pressure, the more intense the storm, increasing the likelihood of strong winds.”
While Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Models hint Dennis could have low pressure from 915mb to 930mb. The record depth for a North Atlantic low pressure system is 913mb.
They added: “Dennis is menacing.”
Storm Dennis is expected to bring delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.
This devastation hits the UK just one week after Storm Ciara which lead to the deaths of three people and wrecked more than 500 homes.
One BMW owner was devastated when his prized car, which he had parked by the Thames, was swept away by a freak tidal surge following heavy rain on Wednesday.