The Met Office have issued a red warning for parts of South Wales, noting there could be “significant and severe flooding”. BBC meteorologist Ben Rich also told viewers that there was now a “risk to life” in the areas worst affected by Storm Dennis. He said it would be really through the South Wales valleys where there will be “very fast-flowing rivers”.
Mr Rich forecast: “Even as the rain stops, the time that it takes for the water to get into those river systems means that the problems will continue.
“We’ve also got a lot of amber weather warnings in force in parts of southern England, Wales and northern England.
“This area across the south east will really come into play through today because that’s where it will be raining for longest.
“We’ve also got flood warnings from the Environment Agency, from the authorities in Scotland and in Wales.”
He continued: “And, at the last count, over 330 different flood warnings, very unusual to see anything like that.
“There are seven severe flood warnings and again this is where there is a risk to life.
“That rain has been heavy and persistent, particularly across England and Wales.
“We’ve also got a very narrow band of really torrential downpours currently working across the southeast.”
The weather presenter added: “In amongst that, we’ve got some really gust winds and some atrocious travelling conditions in many areas at the moment.
“As we go through into this afternoon, that rain will linger across the south and the east of England.
“Further north and west, it is a slightly different story, something brighter developing, but with some showers, some of which will be heavy with hail and thunder.”
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Mr Rich told viewers: “Those wind gusts quite widely over 45 to 55mph, of course the wind is the other aspect of Storm Dennis.
“Temperature-wise through this afternoon, it will be between six and nine degrees.
“Now as we go through this evening and into tonight, it’s going to be soggy for a time across the southeastern corner.
“But as this area of low pressure passes close to Scotland, that’s going to bring another swathe of damaging winds, gusts at 60 to 70mph, perhaps 75mph in the far north.
“We’ve got the rain at the moment., numerous warnings and then very a very windy spell to come for some of us tonight.”
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