British Red Cross warns people to prepare for the worst during Storm Dennis

The worst is yet to come as Storm Dennis continues to batter the UK, the Red Cross has warned.

This afternoon the charity said water will reach peak levels tomorrow and Tuesday.

It has urged people to prepare for the worst as adverse weather continues to cause havoc around the UK.

Two people died in rough seas yesterday, while a police search is underway after a woman vanished in the sea in Brighton in the early hours of the morning.

Georgie Timmins, Crisis Response Officer at British Red Cross said: “British Red Cross have been liaising with relevant local authorities, offering to support people affected by Storm Dennis across the UK.

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"We are currently responding in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, and we are currently ready to help in Wales, Manchester, Buckinghamshire, Lancashire and Inverness.

"Our volunteers know that when people are caught up in a crisis, one person’s needs are different to the next person."

And she warned that further misery is set to come, urging people to be prepared.

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Ms Timmins said: “The storms are expected to continue, and water is anticipated to be at peak levels on Monday and Tuesday.

"It is important people are ready should the worst happen. It’s a good idea to ensure your phone is fully charged and you have torches at hand."

"Taking a few minutes to get together an emergency kit can make a huge difference. For more information on how to prepare visit”.

Four major incidents have been declared in south Wales, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire as towns are devastated by Storm Dennis.

Huge rainfall has left entire towns underwater as residents and businesses count the cost of the damage.

Welsh town Pontypridd has been heavily hit, with residents forced to evacuate their homes due to flood water.

And this afternoon Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire all declared a major incident, urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and to check on their neighbours.

The Met Office had earlier taken the rare step of issuing a red weather warning, saying that lives were being endangered by the extreme conditions.

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