UK: Britain is set for the worst storm in a year as officials ramp up warnings for torrential rain, snow and floods. This chilling NASA satellite image shows giant Storm Frank hurtling towards flood-hit Britain.
More than month's worth of rain is forecast to fall in Scotland and the north with flood-hit regions braced for more misery. It will be followed by a bitter Arctic plunge unleashing freezing winds and dumping inches of snow in parts of Britain, experts warn.
The Met Office has upgraded a severe weather warning in the northwest to amber while extending alerts across the country. The Environment Agency has put out 27 'danger to life' severe flood warnings across central and northern England and Wales.
More than 180 flood warnings and flood alerts are in place around the country with nowhere likely to escape the hammering. Experts warn to prepare for severe disruption and travel chaos while flood-hit regions face the worst crisis for two years. Swathes of the country face a nightmare similar to the 2013/14 floods which left Somerset and the southwest under water for more than a month.
Thermometers are about to plunge with freezing winds and blizzards promising a wintry start to the new year. Snow is expected across northern England and as far south as Wales on New Year's Eve as the mercury plummets to -4C.