Winds of up to 70mph are set to bash Britain from tomorrow while next month could be the wettest September ever.
A 700-mile wide “Canadian low-pressure vortex” will hit on what is being dubbed “terrible Tuesday”.
It comes as bookies Coral slashed the odds of this September being the soggiest since records began.
Scotland will face the brunt of gales this week, which could be called Storm Francis if they get bad enough, along with the south and Midlands.
MeteoGroup forecaster Paul Mott said: “There’s certainly the chance the storm will be named, especially with potential for the strongest winds to be more widespread than Storm Ellen.
“It will be an unpleasant couple of days when it arrives.”
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Another deep area of low pressure looks like affecting the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday, with another wet and very windy spell.”
The Environment Agency warned of floods in the north, west and south.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “The signs are that the rain isn’t going to stop and we have now cut the odds on next month being the wettest September we’ve ever had.”
In Bradford, West Yorkshire, a 47-year-old man died when a chimney collapsed onto his house.
And in Sittingbourne, Kent, one child was killed and another seriously hurt after being a hit by a falling tree.
Kent Police said that officers attended alongside ambulance crews, the air ambulance and firefighters.
One child was declared dead at the scene and the other was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries, it added.
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