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Warning to motorists over Storm Imogen

Highways England warned motorists in southern England to check forecasts and road conditions before travelling due to strong winds forecast up to 6pm.

The A35 running along the south coast between Devon and Hampshire has been closed by Dorset Police in both directions between the A354 and B3150 near Dorchester due to flooding, the agency added.

It said on its website that as a result of the strong winds, Highways England has issued a severe weather alert for "high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes, which are advised to take extra care when travelling, due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over".

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Clearing up the mess after Storm Imogen hits West Sussex

High winds caused by Storm Imogen brought down this garden wall in Chichester, West Sussex Credit: Ryan Nolan

Winds reached their peak around 11pm last night when a band of torrential rain, thunder and lightning moved along the south coast. Ryan Nolan, from Chichester, sent us the picture of his garden garden wall which was blown over by the huge gusts.

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Almost 5,000 homes without power after Storm Imogen

Almost 5,000 homes in the South West, Midlands and Wales have been left without power after Storm Imogen hit with hurricane-force winds.

Engineers have been working through the night to restore affected services, Western Power Distribution said.

Storm Imogen felled trees and downed power lines with hurricane-force winds. Credit: ITV Meridian/Sally Ann Simkiss

Almost 300 Environment Agency flood warnings are in place across the UK amid heavy downpours, with 59 warnings calling for "immediate action".

The South West and Wales are expected to see up to more than 1.5ins (40mm) of rain during Monday.

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