Clean up after storm

The clean up continues today after the region was hit by strong gusts and heavy rain.

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Met Office was 'confident' of storm St Jude's path

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."

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Family get caught out in the storm on camp site

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.

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Storm damage - pictures from around the West

A fallen tree in Atworth, Wiltshire. Credit: ITV News/Robert Murphy
Trees topple onto cars near Bath. Credit: Becky Lippiatt
Residents surveying the damage near Bath. Credit: Becky Lippiatt
Removing fallen trees from the road in Radstock. Credit: Becky Lippiatt
Mending broken power cables in Devizes - a 3 hour job Credit: ITV News/Robert Murphy
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More than 7,000 southwest properties without power

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.

A maintenance worker tries to remove  a fallen tree from the road.
Trees have blocked roads and brought down power cables overnight. Credit: ITV News

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.

Read: Severe storm batter Britain

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