Severe weather warnings have been issued across the UK ahead of Storm Dennis, which is expected to hit the country this weekend.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for flooding and high winds of up to 70mph, PA reported.

The weather forecaster warned that there could be power cuts and driving conditions would be impacted.

Network Rail added that train passengers should expect severe delays or cancellations. Last weekend cross-border rail journeys between England and Scotland were severely restricted due to Storm Ciara.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “In parts of Devon, South Wales, northern England and a swathe of southern England – stretching from Andover eastwards – rainfall is expected to be particularly heavy and persistent, and these areas are covered by amber warnings because of the risk of flooding and other disruption.”

Households that live near rail lines or high-wind areas are also advised to secure items in their gardens such as loose trampolines, gazebos and outside furniture after several items were carried away by the wind.