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Two died in the storms overnight, as southern England and Wales took another battering from the storms. Photo: Reuters

Two people died in separate incidents last night as the latest wave of fierce storms battered southern England and Wales.

A 49-year-old woman died in central London after part of a building collapsed on the car she was driving. Julie Sillitoe, a minicab driver from north London, was pronounced dead at the scene, opposite Holborn Underground Station.

Large chunks of masonry fell on to her silver Skoda Octavia at about 11.05pm last night. Credit: Press Association

In the English Channel, an 85-year-old man died when a cruise ship carrying 1,084 passengers and crew was hit by a large wave during rough seas.

The wave battered the British cruise ship Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, as it headed for its home port of Tilbury in Essex at the end of a 42-night voyage.

Water crashed through a window injuring a number of the 735 passengers, who were mainly British.

More than 141,000 people were left without power after the gales brought down more power lines, the Energy Networks Association said.

In Milford on Sea in Hampsire, 32 people were rescued from a seafront resturant, after wind-blown shingle shattered the windows and the sea flooded in.

Shingle broke through the windows before the waves washed into the restaurant. Credit: ITV News

Some 22 severe flood warnings - meaning there is a danger to life - are still in place, particularly for coastal communities from Cornwall to Hampshire, Gloucester and the Thames Valley, where rivers remain at their highest levels for decades.

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