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Man dies as 100mph winds batter UK

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:24

Feb. 13 - A man dies in the UK as powerful winds and heavy rain batters the country. Sarah Toms reports.

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Hurricane-force winds and pelting rain are battering parts of the UK, that is already struggline to cope with record floods. A pensioner died trying to shift a tree felled by powerful winds. Winds of up to 160 kmph caused damage and destruction on the roads in the northwest. A truck is blown over on a bridge. Here along Blackpool promenade, lamps and flagpoles swayed precariously. The highest alert level has been issued for winds in Wales and northwest England. That comes on top of 16 severe flood warnings already in place. Parts of southwest England have been submerged for weeks. Water swept through flood defences leaving properties and gardens flooded. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARLOW TOWN COUNCILLOR, JOCELYN TOWNS, SAYING: "Well, we're really worried about the levels, the coming up levels from underneath, because that's impacting homes where you might have got all your sandbags round, but there's actually nothing you can do about the water table rising, and I think that's our biggest worry at the moment." About 115,000 homes in parts of England and Wales are still without power. This is a road in Worcester -- not a river. The swans outside this pub may be enjoying the higher water levels but they're the only ones.

Man dies as 100mph winds batter UK

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:24

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