Power cuts after storm damage

Thousands of people are still without power after high winds swept across London and the South East.

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Three houses damaged by suspected gas explosion

Three houses were damaged by the blast, which is thought to have been caused by a ruptured gas main. Emergency services also took three people to hospital, with a man receiving treatment for a cut to the face and a woman for a cut to the ear.

A suspected gas explosion is believed to have been caused by a falling tree. Credit: @LondonFire

Both have been discharged, while a third woman remains in hospital with burn injuries to her hand. The two deceased were among four victims killed as Britain was battered by a storm which swept across the South West, South East, Midlands and East of England.



Kew Gardens shuts due to storm damage

Palm House at Kew Gardens. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in south-west London is closed because of damage caused by the weather.

A spokeswoman said: "Early indications are that we have lost between 10 and 15 mature trees, and a number of others have suffered loss of limbs or smaller branches.

"A dedicated team is assessing the site and we expect to be able to give an update on the full extent of the damage by the end of the day."

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