Britain is braced for further travel and power network disruption as a new Atlantic storm is set to batter Britain this weekend.
Ruth, the worst of a “conveyor belt of storms” will bring winds of up to 80mph and as much as 40mm of rain.
The “absolute monster” storm means waves of up to 35 feet will smash the Cornish coast, forecasters from surf website magicseaweed.com said.
The south of England is currently covered by a Met office severe weather warning for today and Saturday, with spokeswoman Laura Young warning that the whole of the UK will tonight be “engulfed” by heavy rain.
Rain will fall for six hours in southern areas tomorrow and the Environment Agency has issued 153 flood warnings and two severe flood warnings, meaning danger to life.
An Environment Agency Spokesperson said: “Severe weather along the coast is also set to return on Saturday, with large waves and strong winds threatening to cause flooding along the Devon and Dorset coasts where some communities and defences are vulnerable after this week’s storms.
“We’re preparing for yet more heavy rain… which is falling on already saturated ground following the wettest January on record.”
Andy Page, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “The unsettled weather will continue over the coming days with heavy rain across the southern half of Britain on Thursday evening into Friday, and that will be quickly followed by another storm moving in early on Saturday.
“This will bring the risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks.”
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