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1,250 homes currently without power in Cumbria

Around 1,250 homes in Cumbria are without electricity this morning after severe weather battered the region.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said: "Engineers will be out at first light to try and restore power to affected homes."

Up to 3,500 were cut off at the height of the power outages last night following strong winds and heavy rain.

Read: Heavy winds and rain lash Penzance and South West

Flood warnings update for England and Wales

The number of flood warnings has dropped from 26 to 24, while there three more flood alerts in place.

There are 24 flood warnings in place across the UK Credit: Environment Agency

The Southwest, Wales and the Midlands are the worst-hit areas, with 22 parts of the Southwest advised to expect flooding.

The flood warnings by region. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency provides flood warning updates every 15 minutes.

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Missing sailor 'wasn't wearing life jacket'

A sailor who is missing after falling overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area was not believed to be wearing a life jacket.

We understand that the crewman was not wearing a life jacket and, in these conditions particularly, I would say this should have been an essential bare minimum of safety equipment.

We have now stood the search down for the night, and will continue searching during tomorrow.

– Humber Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplett

Read: Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Coastguards and an RAF helicopter have been involved in an unsuccessful search for a missing sailor in weather conditions described as "very poor".

An RAF helicopter was deplyoed to search for a missing sailor amid 'very poor' conditions tonight Credit: PA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a 45-year-old man, believed to be a foreign national, fell overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area.

A spokeswoman said the man was working with ropes on the MV Sea Melody when he appeared to become entangled and was pulled over the side where he disappeared.

A helicopter from RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire began a search with an infra-red camera and a coastguard team from Hull was also mobilised.

Winds expected to peak overnight in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Electricity said it is expecting further disruption overnight, with winds expected to peak in the early hours of the morning.

Pictures: Heavy winds and rain lash Penzance and South West

Our emergency crews will continue to work where it is safe to do so.

We were prepared for the storm and have already restored over 5,000 customers to power since the winds swept across Northern Ireland this afternoon.

However, we are expecting the winds to peak in the early hours of the morning, causing additional disruption to electricity supplies.

– Julia Carson, NIE communications manager

Strong winds have already wreaked havoc with the supply network in Northern Ireland, leaving 7,000 electricity customers without power.

Engineers managed to get 5,000 back on the grid, but by 10pm were still working to restore supply to the remaining 2,000.

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Cumbria Police: Only travel if absolutely necessary

Cumbria Police are asking people only to travel if it is absolutely necessary, in light of the current severe weather.

You can find full details and the latest information from Cumbria Police here.

Meanwhile, police in Southern Scotland are reporting fallen trees affecting rural roads.

Members of the public can contact any police force in the UK by calling the 101 non-emergency number and following the instructions.

Man rushed to hospital as tree smashes car windscreen in storm

A man was rushed to hospital with head and chest injuries after a large tree was brought down on top of a car by the strong winds.

The falling tree smashed the windscreen and left the front seat passenger, a 19-year-old man, with facial wounds, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The driver of the car was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

– An ambulance spokesman

He was anaesthetised at the scene and taken to hospital. Another passenger, a man in his 50s, and the male driver suffered minor injuries in the accident which happened at about 6pm on the A45, between Stretton-on-Dunsmore and Rugby, in Warwickshire.

Electricity North West: '3,500 homes without power'

Electricity North West said that 3,500 properties in Cumbria and Lancashire were without power due to strong winds and debris bringing lines down.

We are trying to restore power to those homes as quick as we can but where lines have been brought down it will realistically take until tomorrow to get there."

– Electricity North West spokeswoman

Nearly 900 homes were also left without power in the Neath Valley, south Wales, after a high-voltage electrical cable was blown down at around 6pm.

Western Power said it was working to restore power, while police warned members of the public to stay away from the the source of the problem in Cefn Yr Allt area of Aberdulais.

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