UK weather: 14,000 without power as another Atlantic depression brings gale-force winds, rain and travel disruption

Storms leave 14,000 properties without power in the South west

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The Independent Online

Thousands of homes have been left without power and trains cancelled as the stormy weather continued.

Western Power Distribution said there are 14,000 properties without power in the South west after high winds wreaked havoc. A spokesman said 75-80mph winds had caused “airborne debris” to fly into overhead lines.

A  forecaster at the Met Office said the winds in the South-west are likely to “continue along a similar sort of strength” overnight and into Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued three severe flood warnings in the south west:  at West Bay Harbour, Lyme Regis Harbour and Weymouth Seafront at The Esplanade.

Residents have been evacuated from 30 flooded houses in Kingsand, Cornwall and Tamar Coastguard Rescue Team have helped to rescue “a number of people”, the coastguard said.

Meanwhile, there has been further reports of flooding in Looe, where people have been advised to stay away from the seafront amid fears of huge waves battering the coast.

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