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'An almighty bang & the house shook' - Storm Barney shock for family after huge oak lands at front door

Oak tree falls in Storm Barney

A 60ft oak tree has come down in strong winds in Oxfordshire damaging three homes and crushing a car.

Specialist teams were called to Mendip Heights in Didcot just after 9pm last night. People living close said they heard a loud bang as the tree smashed onto the road.

Treefall has damaged properties in Didcot


Hundreds of homes left without power following strong winds

Strong winds have caused power cuts Credit: PA

Homes across Witney in Oxfordshire, Reading and Farnham in Surrey have been left without power following strong winds overnight. Electricity supplier , Southern Electric say they hope the power will be restored soon and that engineers have been working through the night to fix the problem.


Channel crossings affected by worsening weather

With the weather worsening cross Channel ferry companies are warning of delays and disruption.

DFDS say they are no longer honouring time specific bookings because of the weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales pier in Dover has been closed.

Stormwatchers warned against taking 'selfies'

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Stormwatchers are being warned of the dangers of taking 'selfies' on the coast as Storm Barney heads south.

With winds predicted to reach 75mph causing large waves, the public is being warned against taking photos of themselves along promenades and breakwaters.

The power of Mother Nature is a fascination to us all - and taking storm selfies may seem exhilarating - but over the last few years we've had an increasing number of people putting themselves and family members at severe risk along coastal paths and promenades.

– Neil Davies, Environment Agency
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