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7,000 electricity customers lose power in strong winds

In Northern Ireland 7,000 electricity customers lost power as strong winds wreaked havoc with the supply network. Engineers managed to get 5,000 back on the grid, but by 10pm were still working to restore supply to the remaining 2,000.

Northern Ireland Electricity said it had responded to around 200 incidents of damage to the network in northern and eastern areas of the region.

Damage included trees coming down across powerlines and broken electricity poles.

Julia Carson, NIE communications manager, said some customers could be without power throughout the night as it was too dangerous to carry out certain repairs while storms raged.

Flood warnings rise to 26 along with 114 flood alerts

The Environment Agency has 26 flood warnings in place in England and Wales, with flooding expected and immediate action required.

Warnings were concentrated across the South West, Wales and the North West.

There were also 114 flood alerts, with flooding possible and the public told to "be prepared" throughout the rest of the country. Police closed the A595 at Moota in Cumbria after the roof was blown off a hotel, with motorists asked to avoid the area.

Flood warnings have increased throughout the night. Credit: ITV News

A roof blew off another property in Seaton and disruption due to trees blocking roads was reported in Whitehaven and Hackthorpe. There were also delays for train passengers across parts of the South West.

South West Trains reported problems due to trees on the track near Sherborne in Dorset and on a train between Exeter and Axeminster in Devon.


Over 90mph winds batter Ireland leaving one dead

Ireland has been battered by 90mph winds today leaving one woman dead, several others injured and thousands of homes without power.

A woman died after a tree fell onto her car near Mullingar, County Westmeath, and another person was injured when part of a railway station roof blew onto her car in Cork.

Met Eireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, has issued its highest severe weather warning for the west and northwest of the country.


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Man seriously injured after tree falls on car in high winds

A man is seriously injured after a tree fell on top of a car during high winds in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the A45 between Stretton-on-Dunsmore and Rugby at around 6.00pm.

The car had three passengers, two of whom suffered minor injuries, but a 19-year-old man who was in the front passenger seat sustained face and head injuries as well as suspected chest injuries.

He and the driver have been taken to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Report of power lines down near Birmingham Airport

There are reports on Twitter that power lines have come down near Birmingham Airport.

Currently overhead power lines on the rail network through Birmingham New Street have been turned off, causing of delays of up to an hour, according to Network Rail.

Birmingham Airport are yet to confirm an 'emergency' situation.

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