BRITAIN faces more weather misery as Storm Dennis is set to bring heavy rain and gales to our shores at the weekend.
The warning came as police revealed a man in his 60s had died in the wake of Storm Ciara. He had been hit by a falling branch while walking his dog in Black Wood, Liverpool, yesterday morning.
On Sunday, a man aged 58 died when a tree fell on his car in Hampshire, and a 77-year-old man was killed when he fell on ice in Clydebank. The Met Office say the new storm will bring ‘very wet and windy weather’ to much of England, Wales and the Scottish borders on Saturday.
And although Dennis will not be as severe as Ciara, experts say major disruption is still likely. Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: ‘Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.’
Snow is predicted for parts of Scotland and northern England from today until Friday and blizzards could see almost 8in in some areas.
In Scotland, the Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh will be closed until tomorrow because of falling ice and snow from the cables and towers.
Across England and Wales the clear-up after Ciara continued for hundreds of householders and business owners hit by floods on Sunday.
Snow hampered the operation in Cumbria where 40 properties were flooded. In the Calder Valley, west Yorkshire, communities were hit by a second bout of serious flooding in four years.
Tory MP Philip Davies branded it ‘completely unacceptable’ that many of his constituents in Shipley, West Yorkshire, had been flooded twice. Halifax’s Labour MP Holly Lynch said there was a ‘sense of absolute devastation’ that so many residents were in the same position again. She said 400 homes, 400 businesses, eight schools and two care homes, and two bridges had been affected.
Environment secretary Theresa Villiers revealed the government has activated an emergency financial aid package for flood-hit areas in the north-west.