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Storms Ellen and Francis to pound Britain with weeks of wild weather

Britain is braced for yet another torrential battering with storms Dennis, Ellen and Francis set to pummel the country.

It is feared there will be a constant string of violent weather fronts until at least the middle of March.

Swaths of the north of England that were deluged by storm Ciara will be hit again in the coming days by Storm Dennis.

But there are growing concerns that will be followed by storms Ellen and Francis in the coming weeks.

Today there are still 140 flood alerts and 23 flood warnings in place across England as the wet weather continued to lash the country.

  • UK weather: 5 Met Office warnings for snow and 70mph winds as Storm Dennis looms

  • Storm Dennis: Where tempest will unleash devastating 70mph gales and heavy downpours

Weather watchers at the Met Office revealed in their long term forecast that: “Unsettled conditions are expected to continue next week, often giving strong winds with spells of rain at times, interspersed with brighter, showery interludes.

“The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected in the west and northwest of the UK, with further gales likely.”

Dashing hopes of a much-needed early Spring, the meteorologists added: “Any widespread settled weather is likely to be short lived, as unsettled conditions return by the end of this period (Feb), with the north and northwest again likely to be wettest and windiest.”

  • UK weather forecast: Britain battens down the hatches for wild Storm Dennis

Weather warnings are in place across the UK until Monday with experts predicting a wet and wild Valentine’s Day for thousands of Brits trapped indoors by flooding, ice and snow.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain across the central belt of Scotland.

And worse is to come over the weekend with amber warnings for rain blanketing England as Storm Dennis punishes the sodden country.

By Sunday a yellow weather warning extends across all of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Forecasters warn the volume of rainfall could spark a “danger to life” across western parts of England and Wales.

The Met Office said: “Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.”

And they added that there is a “good chance” communities will be cut off by flooded roads with power cuts “likely” to leave thousands of homes and families without water and electricity.

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