Storm Dennis tragedy as teenage boy, 19, dies in the sea off UK coast

A teenage boy has died after getting into difficulties in the sea amid giant waves brought on by Storm Dennis.

Emergency crews and a rescue helicopter was scrambled to Western Esplande in Herne Bay, Kent, after 12pm.

But they were tragically unable to save the man, who was believed to be 19-years-old.

The tragedy comes as Storm Dennis arrives in the UK and prepares to batter the nation for 48 hours.

The raging storm is set to unleash two months of rain and 70mph winds today and tomorrow.

The Met Office has already issued a flurry of "danger to life" weather warnings, while around 200 flood alerts are in place.

Some forecasters have predicted the storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone", will be one of the worst to hit Britain in recent history.

It comes just days after Storm Ciara unleashed chaos on the UK with widespread flooding and gale-force winds.

The Met Office's amber warning for heavy rain, covering northern and southern England, reads: "Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.

"Around 20-40 mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80 mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.

"Over the higher ground of Wales 100-120 mm of rain is possible in a few locations. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall."

The Met's yellow warning for wind, which covers all of England and Wales, adds: "Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.

"The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday.

"Gusts of 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

"The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions."

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