Met Office RAISES threat levels of 1,200-mile wide storm on warpath to Britain

Flood-hit towns in West Yorkshire are loading up on sandbags as Storm Dennis threatens to batter Britain with even more rain and winds of up to 80 miles an hour tomorrow - just six days after Storm Ciara. 

The UK is suffering further downpours and snow today, before the storm dubbed Dennis the Menace causes havoc for communities and on the road and rail networks throughout Saturday and Sunday.

The 1,200-mile wide storm will bring mayhem for towns in Yorkshire's Calder Valley, which was inundated with floodwater when Storm Ciara raged on Sunday.

Today in Mytholmroyd, officials were seen desperately trying to prepare for the fourth named storm of the year by using sandbags as flood defences. 

Dennis will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards, and passing into north Scotland on Saturday, with the country set to be blasted by winds over 60mph, and some areas getting more than 100mm of rain.

Severe amber weather warnings have already been issued for many parts of the UK this weekend, including amber warnings for rain in south west England, southern Wales, north west England and south east England.  

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: 'Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday. Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely.'

Today in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, officials were seen desperately trying to prepare for Storm Dennis by using sandbags as flood defences

Workers in the Calder Valley towns of West Yorkshire (pictured today) are already trying to recover from the devastating effects of Storm Ciara, but are using sandbags to prevent further damage to the area with Storm Dennis looming tomorrow

Workers in the Calder Valley towns of West Yorkshire (pictured today) are already trying to recover from the devastating effects of Storm Ciara, but are using sandbags to prevent further damage to the area with Storm Dennis looming tomorrow 

The 1,200-mile wide storm will bring mayhem for towns in Yorkshire's Calder Valley, which was inundated with floodwater on Sunday

The 1,200-mile wide storm will bring mayhem for towns in Yorkshire's Calder Valley, which was inundated with floodwater on Sunday

Flood-hit towns across the Calder Valley (Mytholmroyd pictured today) are loading up on sandbags as Storm Dennis threatens to batter Britain with even more rain and winds of up to 80 miles an hour tomorrow - just six days after Storm Ciara

Flood-hit towns across the Calder Valley (Mytholmroyd pictured today) are loading up on sandbags as Storm Dennis threatens to batter Britain with even more rain and winds of up to 80 miles an hour tomorrow - just six days after Storm Ciara

Storm Dennis has been named and will bring very strong winds and potential for disruption to many parts of England and Wales on Saturday

Storm Dennis has been named and will bring very strong winds and potential for disruption to many parts of England and Wales on Saturday

Severe amber weather warnings have already been issued for many parts of the UK this weekend, including amber warnings for rain in south west England, southern Wales, north west England and south east England

Severe amber weather warnings have already been issued for many parts of the UK this weekend, including amber warnings for rain in south west England, southern Wales, north west England and south east England

Severe amber weather warnings have already been issued for many parts of the UK this weekend, including amber warnings for rain in south west England, southern Wales, north west England and south east England

A dramatic this week showed a workman knocked over by a sheet of plywood which was picked up by gale-force winds and flung at his head as the UK braces itself for a more severe storm at the weekend Ben Newberry was struck on the neck and laid flat out on the ground by the impact in Leicestershire. 

After being put in a neck brace by an ambulance crew and checked over at hospital the builder was given the all-clear.

Ben was taking a coffee break while working in a housing estate in Syston on Tuesday - as wind speeds topped at 80mph - when the drama unfolded. Video shows a sheet of ply, 4ft by 4ft and weighing at least 20lbs (9kg), take off as a gust of wind strikes.   

The footage emerged as the UK is warned to brace itself for a storm dubbed Dennis the Menace that's set to cause further havoc on Saturday and over the weekend, as parts of the country struggle to recover from flooding caused by Storm Ciara. 

The video shows the wood reaching head height as it strikes a totally unsuspecting Ben and flattens him. There is an audible clunk as the ply connects with Ben. 

His shocked colleagues can then be seen checking on him before the video cuts out. 

A later picture shows Ben lying on a hospital bed in a neck brace. 

Speaking today Ben said: 'They were a bit worried so they took me to hospital because I couldn't remember anything. But I'm fine now. 'It hit me on the neck, just knocked me out for a couple of seconds. No damage done. 'It was just on a job and there was a floor laying firm there too. Unfortunately

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