Storm Brian is set to hit the UK tomorrow, bringing with it winds of up to 70 miles per hour and potential disruption to transport and power networks.
Digital weather service weathertrending has branded the storm a "weather bomb", and warned it is likely to cause a lot more disruption to the UK than ex-Hurricane Ophelia, which wreaked havoc on Ireland earlier this week.
"While Brian didn’t originate in the Tropics and so can’t claim the dubious honour of being a former hurricane, it is a deep depression that is exploding into life, like a bomb, in the mid-Atlantic," said Sara Thornton, founder of weathertrending.
"Such weather-bombs are not uncommon, but this one will come armed with 70mph winds and a barrage of heavy rain. And unlike Ophelia, which gave the UK a glancing blow and focused its ire on Ireland, Brian is heading straight towards us."
She added: "The Met Office has issued weather warnings, which means people should make plans to protect themselves and their properties. Meanwhile the Environment Agency is concerned about the risk of flooding when Brian’s heavy rain falls on already sodden ground and huge waves inundate the coast at high tide.
"To make matters worse, Brian is unlikely to be a hit and run storm. Forecasts show it may slow down as it arrives in the UK, subjecting the country to a truly miserable weekend of weather."
Meanwhile, the Energy Networks Association has issued a reminder to people that they can call a free national phone line on 105 if the weather causes a power cut and affects their electricity supply.
The number is available to people in England, Scotland and Wales, regardless of which company they buy electricity from.