Britain faces a Saturday soaking as a hurricane-force 75mph "weather bomb" unleashes more than an inch of rain in 24 hours.
And a second storm racing in from the Atlantic is scheduled to hit on Tuesday.
This double weather whammy is set to uproot trees, down power cables, cause floods which block roads and disrupt rail and ferry services.
The Met Office, which issued yellow alerts in the south and east, will name the 500-mile wide tempest Storm Arwen – the first of autumn – if it reaches its full potential power.
Forecasters dubbed it a weather bomb because it is strengthening due to its air pressure plunging by over 24 millibars in 24 hours – known as rapid cyclogenesis.
Most of the UK will face wet and windy conditions.
Hurricane-force gusts are due in Scotland’s northeast early tomorrow.
Wild conditions will ease but hail and thunder are due on Monday before the second storm is due to batter the south on Tuesday.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Localised flooding is possible in parts of England and Wales during Saturday."
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A MetDesk spokesman said: "Hope you don’t have outdoor plans for Saturday – it is going to be a stormy one."
"Saturday will see heavy rain move across the country, with windy conditions and coastal gales for many, perhaps even inland," a Met Office forecaster added.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "A gruesome Saturday looks very possible."
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