THE Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of the UK this weekend, as Storm Dennis strikes.
A "perfect storm" of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of UK homes flooded this week.
Winds of up to 70mph are set to batter Brits and are expected to be worse than the gales Storm Ciara brought last week.
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At least 50,000 passengers have been affected by flight cancellations after easyJet announced it had grounded 234 flights to and from the UK on Saturday.
Travellers hoping to see some sun for the half-term break in popular destinations such as Barcelona, Faro in Portugal, Canaries and Madeira have had their flights cancelled.
Easyjet said it was doing everything possible to minimise the disruption for its customers and recommends passengers check the status of their flight and gate information on the airline's Flight Tracker website.
A spokesperson from the budget airline said: “Due to forecasted adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis, easyJet, like other airlines, is currently seeing disruption to its flight programme for Saturday, February 15.”
British Airways and its partner Iberia, have also grounded flights.
CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Travellers are being urged to check before they travel as Storm Dennis approaches.
Network Rail said Storm Ciara had left river levels high with saturated ground and Storm Dennis is likely to disrupt more journeys this weekend with river levels high and many trackside trees weakened.
Nick King, network services director at Network Rail, said: “As we saw last week, stormy weather brings high winds that can lead to trees and other debris falling on the railway.
“That is why we are again asking passengers to check their journeys before they travel this weekend, either with their train operator directly or through National Rail Enquiries.”
People living near train tracks are asked to keep the railway free of any unexpected debris by tying down or clearing away garden furniture, such as trampolines.
WELSH FARMER PREPS FOR 'WET AND WILD WEEKEND'
A Welsh farmer has shared a windy video of his cows ahead of Storm Dennis.
“It's going to be a morning of prepping for Storm Dennis,” said Gareth Wyn Jones from Llanfairfechan, North Wales.
The farmer will be making sure the watercourses are full and his cattle and sheep have enough food before the stormy weather arrives.
He joked: “It's going to be a wet, wild weekend here in North Wales. But we are living the dream.”
STORM DENNIS 'DEEPENED RAPIDLY' OVERNIGHT
Storm Dennis has “deepened extremely rapidly” on its journey across the Atlantic overnight, according to BBC Weather.
It's now an intense area of low pressure that will bring severe gales and “a month's worth of rain in places”.
The Met Office said the central pressure is forecast to get near to 920 hectopascals (millibars) which is one of the lowest known pressures in the North Atlantic.
STORM DENNIS TO BATTER BRITAIN WITH 70MPH GALES AND 'DANGER TO LIFE' FLOODS
A “perfect storm” of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of homes across the UK flooded this week.
The Environment Agency (EA) said the latest storm is set to be worse than Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings covering most of the UK this weekend.
These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and travel chaos.
Paul Davies, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said the worst affected areas will be the north and south-west England and Wales, with the South East set to suffer the most on Sunday.
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