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For many families the storm coincided with their half term holidays, one family had been camping in a tent along the Somerset coast when the worst of the weather hit.
Somerset Correspondent David Woodland sent this report from Brean.
Helen Chivers from the Met Office has told ITV News Westcountry that it was difficult to predict the path of the storm, but that they had a good idea of where it would hit last week.
She said: "Yesterday we were really confident it was going to come in across the Severn Estuary, run up through the Bristol Channel, go over Bristol, and then hurtle out across the Midlands and into the North Sea and that's exactly what it did last night."
A family at the Holiday Resort Unity Campsite in Brean got caught out in the storm last night when the worst of the weather hit their tent.
The only family staying in a tent at the site, mother Kim Symons said they had been camping for years, and her husband was a professional.
"It was quite scary at one point," she said, "we just sort of had to get on and do what we needed to do to get the kids out, save what we could.
"It was quite scary for the children, they were woken in the night with gales bustling against the sides of the tent," she added.
More than 7,000 homes have been without power in Bristol, Bath and parts of Somerset, as 75mph winds lashed our region.
Trees have been brought down by high winds, damaging properties and power cables, while a number of roads are still impassable because of floodwater.
Despite delays and disruption to some services, First Great Western say trains are not as affected as they had expected.
Daniel Panes from First Great Western tells us more:
This video from the Met Office shows satellite imagery of the St Jude storm as it moves across the UK:
More than 7,000 properties in the Bristol and Bath area have reportedly been left without power as a severe storm battered England and Wales overnight.
Widespread flooding hit southern parts of the country as rain and winds of almost 100mph arrived from the southwest.
Trees have been brought down by high winds, damaging properties and power cables, while a number of roads are impassable due to floodwater.