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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.