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Britain is bracing for a second weekend of weather disruption, as experts warn Storm Dennis could inflict more damage than Ciara when it sweeps in later.

Dennis, is the fourth named storm of the year.

The Met Office has issued a first warning for strong winds from 10am on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday, and a further warning for strong winds from 12pm on Sunday to 12pm on Monday.

Heavy, thundery rain is expected to plague Galway this weekend, with some flooding expected due to its severity.

Just after the departure of Storm Ciara last week, Dennis has arrived and is set to batter parts of the north-east.

"We had a big storm last weekend, (we now have) saturated catchments, snowmelt and rainfall, so it is a flawless storm".

Gusts of 50mph are expected, with more than 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations, the Met Office said. It has been issuing flood alerts throughout the week for parts of waterside communities including Lymington, Milford, Christchurch and Beaulieu.

'Fast-flowing or deep flood water is likely, causing danger to life, ' the Met Office said.

Weather warnings are in place for the Spalding area throughout the weekend.

The Environment Agency is operating flood defences and flood storage reservoirs, and is ready to issue flood warnings and advice to those at risk ahead of the incoming weather.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "Storm Ciara has caused significant damage beneath the track and we will need to rebuild the track bed and supporting embankment before we can re-open the line. Keep away from cliffs as cliff falls are more likely in these conditions".

The amber warning is in place from noon today until 3pm tomorrow and a wider yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in place until 9pm.

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