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Tributes to storm death victims

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the four people killed during a violent storm that hit England and Wales.

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Council staff and emergency homes on standby

Local authorities are preparing for the worst this evening and will divert staff from their normal duties to help with emergency relief efforts if required, the Local Government Association said.

Emergency accommodation has been allocated for any families that may need to be evacuated from their homes, and highways teams are on standby to rescue stranded motorists and clean debris from roads.

Councils are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

Local authorities up and down the country are preparing to divert staff from their normal duties and have placed additional employees on standby to work with fire crews and other emergency services to get people help if they need it.

– Councillor Mike Jones, chairman of the LGA's environment board

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