The wife of retired teacher Michael Ellis who died after being swept away in yesterday's floods in Shropshire today described him as "a gentle caring man" and the "most wonderful husband".
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The vast majority of homes left without power following this week's freak storms have been reconnected, according to suppliers.
Heavy rain has brought traffic chaos to the UK as flood waters closed railway lines and roads, and brought black-outs to the North East
Widespread disruption is expected to blight major transport routes for a second day after fierce storms battered England.