East battered by strong winds and heavy rain

The East of England has again been battered by heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70 mph.

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Tree crashes into house in Letchworth

The Calvert family home in Letchworth Credit: ITV News Anglia

A family in Letchworth had a lucky escape when this tree fell on their house around midnight.

The Calvert family were woken up to discover the tree had narrowly missed their 16 year old son Thomas's bedroom. His bed is by the top floor window on the left.

Imperial War Museum closed by storm damage

Storm damage has forced the closure of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire ahead of the busy school half-term.

A spokesperson said: "Due to structural damage caused by high winds, IWM Duxford is closed until further notice. The next update will be provided on Tuesday 18 February.

"We understand that this news will be disappointing to visitors hoping to enjoy our February half term activities. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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Homes evacuated after 20-foot-deep sinkhole appears

Seventeen homes have been evacuated after a 35-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened in Hemel Hempstead, north of London this morning.

Pictures of what is believed to be the sinkhole have already appeared on Twitter:

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