9th December, 2013
The British Isles is on alert for another battering from fierce storms next week as experts warn of a Christmas deluge.
Gales of up to 90mph and torrential rain threaten chaos into the New Year.
Another deep depression, similar to that responsible for last week's storm, is poised to rip across the country after the weekend.
Some regions face a repeat of the hurricane-force gales that wrecked buildings and tore down trees.
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, warned that a swirling "Catherine wheel" of low pressure over the Atlantic was charging towards the UK.
It will bring 70mph gales to many areas next week, with 90mph gusts threatening exposed northern regions.
Mr Powell said: "Just as we recover from the last onslaught, another very severe storm system is threatening to do more damage next week.
"As well as severe gales, we could see torrential downpours bringing up to six inches of rain, spelling more flooding misery. Do not be deceived by the mild and settled conditions we are looking at over the next few days, this is going to change dramatically.
"There is a huge Catherine wheel of low pressure over the Atlantic which is set to plough into the UK, threatening absolute mayhem for many parts.
"Storm activity could continue over the festive period although a change in wind direction could bring cold air with a 50/50 per cent chance of a White Christmas, which is better odds than usual this far ahead."