Body found in search for pensioner who went missing in Storm Angus

Police have found a body in the search for a 69-year-old man who went missing in severe flooding during Storm Angus.

Officers recovered a car believed to belong to Russell Sherwood in Neath, South Wales, on Tuesday.

Enquiries to identify the body will follow in due course.

Mr Sherwood’s family have been informed of the discovery and are being updated and supported by specially trained officers.

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Footage shows fast-flowing flood waters after downpours

Torrential rain left houses, homes and streets under water in Greater Manchester on Tuesday.

In this footage, the front door of a house in Stalybridge is seen nearly submerged by fast-running flood water.

Saddleworth and Stalybridge were among the worst affected areas in Greater Manchester on Monday, with 79mm of rain falling until 7pm - the equivalent of almost a month's worth in just one day.

Warnings remain but weather set to improve

75 flood warnings remain in place, with 218 flood alerts issued across the UK. Credit: Environment Agency

Weather warnings remain in place for much of the country after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and travel chaos on Monday evening.

The Environment Agency said 75 flood warning remain in place across the country with 218 flood alerts issued, as showers and windy weather are forecast for Tuesday.

Winds of around 50mph-60mph are expected over higher ground and coastal areas in the south east of the country, with gust of 20mph-30mph inland.

"We have seen the area of low pressure that brought heavy rain to the south and west moving into southern Scotland and the North East overnight," Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst explained.

"Throughout today the wet and windy weather within that low pressure area will slowly move into the North Sea.

"Behind this most places will still see showers, some heavy but getting lighter during the day. Away from the low pressure we should see some sunshine around Northern Ireland and western Scotland."

Conditions are due to improve into Wednesday as the unsettled conditions pass, with colder nights expected under clearer skies.


Concern growing for man, 69, who went missing in Storm Angus

Russell Sherwood set out on a car journey on Sunday morning Credit: South Wales Police

The search for a 69-year-old man who went missing in Storm Angus has been stood down due to treacherous weather conditions.

Russell Sherwood has not been seen since 6.15am on Sunday morning after he left his home in Cilfrew near Neath to drive to Bridgend in his silver Ford Focus with the registration number beginning CP66.

When Mr Sherwood failed to arrive at his destination South Wales Police launched a search.

"Officers believe he reached Stormy Down, Bridgend, in his vehicle and are appealing to anybody who may have information," a force spokesman said.

They continued: "Some roads in Stormy Down were affected by flooding.

"Officers are searching on the ground and we have also had the police helicopter assisting from above.

"Obviously we are concerned for his welfare – he has not going missing before and would always ensure a family member is aware if he is going to be late, but they have not heard anything."

Darkness and treacherous weather conditions led to South Wales Police calling off the search on Monday night.

Anyone with information should contact South Wales Police on 101.

Heavy rain leaves 2,500 homes without power

Flooding in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. Credit: PA

Power has been restored to 12,000 homes in north west England after strong winds and flash floods battered the country.

However, around 2,500 properties from Manchester to the Lake District remain without electricity after fallen trees hit power cables and flooding hampered repair work.

Those without power include 747 properties in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, and 681 in Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria.

Electricity North West control room manager, Chris Fox, said: “Our teams are out and about on the network and we’re doing everything we can to restore power to the remaining customers as quickly as possible."

Police tweet weather warnings in Northumbria

Blyth Police have been assisting people affected by the severe weather in Northumbria.

Among the situation updates posted by the police to twitter was the more unusual problem of a fly-away giant trampoline.

A photo of officers carrying the piece of equipment off of the road with the caption 'is this your trampoline' was posted on Twitter.

Another post shows a video of an officer warning motorists to take caution on the roads in the bad weather.

Ending the video in a light-hearted way the officer joked the weather this evening had been a "massive waste of hair gel" for him.

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Greater Manchester roads inaccessible due to flooding

Warnings are being issued to motorists not to attempt to drive through flood water as the severe weather spreads across the UK.

One video posted on Twitter shows fast-moving water in Saddleworth, cutting off a road.

The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have tweeted a video of a car stranded in water to remind motorists of the danger of driving through flooded areas.

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Flooding causes power cuts and road collapses in north

Electricity North West, which provides electricity to 2.4 million properties, and more than 5 million people, has reported high call volumes due to the weather.

The energy provider tweeted saying that they could not guarantee the times that power could be restored where there are issues.

Oldham Council has also said that flooding had caused problems on several roads in the area.

The council said on Twitter that a culvert had collapsed, and that the Well-I-Hole bridge in Greenfield was at risk of collapsing, urging people to avoid the area.

Environment Agency issues flood warnings across UK

The Midlands currently has the highest number of flood alerts in place Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is urging people to be prepared as they issue flood warnings and alerts across the UK.

The Southwest has the highest number of warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The Midlands has the highest number of flood alerts, which means flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

The agency is warning motorists not to drive through flood water and that just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move a vehicle.

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