‘Danger to life’ Storm Dennis mapped as it gets worse tomorrow

Storm Dennis is set to get even worse tomorrow with bad weather wreaking havoc across the UK – and maps show just how much of a battering Britain will get.

Earlier today, the army was deployed to assist people in West Yorkshire which was badly hit by flooding during last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Flights were grounded for safety reasons with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

And it’s forecast to get even worse tonight and tomorrow, according to Weather Outlook.

The Weather Outlook forecast says: “Tonight heavy rain and strong winds continue across England and Wales. In much of Northern Ireland and Scotland showery conditions could return by the morning.

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“Tomorrow the colder and showery weather in the north gradually pushes southeastwards.

“In the south it remains wet for much of the day but by the evening it probably turns drier.

“Winds should gradually ease in most areas but strengthen in the north-west.”

Weather Outlook maps show torrential rain moving southeastwards in the country overnight.

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By 9am on Sunday, the whole of Wales, southern England and the Midlands will see a soaking while Scotland and northern England experience snow.

The snow will spread into Wales and much of north-west England by 3pm.

Weather Outlook maps show the rain drying off by 9pm with snow seen in south-west England.

Earlier today, two bodies were pulled from rough seas on Saturday before the worst of the storm hit.

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One man was found following a huge search operation off Margate after an early-morning distress call, while another was found at Herne Bay.

Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter had been scouring the sea near Margate Harbour after reports of a man overboard, HM Coastguard said.

In the other incident, Kent Police were called at 12.15pm on Saturday to a report a person had been pulled from the sea in Herne Bay.

The Met Office has issued eight weather warnings covering most of the UK.

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This includes amber warnings, meaning there is a danger to life, over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the south-west saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

The MoD said 75 personnel from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, were aiding the Environment Agency (EA) in constructing barriers and repairing flood defences in Ilkley and Calderdale.

While 70 Reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, have also been tasked with providing support where required.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it. The rapid response of the army today will help with provision of flood relief to local communities in West Yorkshire."

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North Wales Police said very high winds had led to debris and branches falling off trees and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had rescued a motorist from a car stuck in flood water in the Liskeard area.

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance that train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.

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

Meanwhile, people living near the railway 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.

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