LONDON: A man died after falling into a river on Sunday when the storm Dennis spread across Britain with the army recruited to help deal with heavy floods and high winds.
The man fell to the Tawe River in South Wales, police said.
The storm also hit much of France, with some 60,000 people who suffered power outages in the northwest of the country.
The meteorological agency of the government of Great Britain issued a rare red warning to South Wales, saying there was a risk of “significant impacts from floods” that included a “danger to life from rapid water flow, extensive flooding to the property and road closures. “
Police said in a tweet that the man who fell into the river was found dead “beyond the river in the Tebanos area.”
On Sunday, 594 flood warnings and alerts were recorded, which extended from the Tweed River in Scotland to Cornwall in southwest England.
Winds of more than 90 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour) were recorded in Aberdaron, South Wales.
The images that circulated on social networks showed that the nearby Taff River exploded on its banks, while rescuers rushed to rescue the people trapped in their homes in Powys.
“The forecast is for very significant levels of rainfall, especially in the eastern valleys of South Wales,” said Jeremy Parr, of the government agency Natural Resources Wales.
“The impacts could be serious overnight, and everyone should take the warnings extremely seriously.”
Police declared major incidents in parts of Wales and England, and landslides were also reported.
“Some communities have been cut off … but emergency services workers are working tirelessly to establish measures to ensure the safety of residents,” South Wales police said in a statement.
Roads and railroads were severely affected by downpours and winds, and barely recovered from a similar storm last week.
The Ministry of Defense deployed troops in West Yorkshire, in the north of England, which suffered severe floods caused by the Ciara storm last weekend.
“Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities when they need it,” said Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
British Airways and easyJet confirmed that they had landed flights, with images posted online that showed a huge Airbus A380 flying while trying to land.
Earlier, two bodies were taken from rough seas off the south coast of England on Saturday when the storm entered.
It is assumed that one of the men was subject to an activated search when a LPG tank truck reported that one of its crew was not registered.
They had last seen him several hours before.
The northwest of France was also affected by the storm, especially Brittany, where the Finisterre and Morbihan regions were temporarily placed on orange alert for rain and floods, according to the national meteorological service, Meteo-France.
Electricity provider Enedis said it had deployed 450 employees in an attempt to return power to affected homes.
A regional spokesman told AFP that normal service will probably not resume before Monday.
By Sunday night, Meteo-France said the worst seemed to have happened when the winds fell to less than 100 kph (62 mph).
Several neighboring countries were also affected.
“The winds will increase on Sunday in Germany, Denmark and southern Sweden,” AccuWeather meteorologist Maura Kelly said Sunday.