Thousands left without power after storms hit UK

Around 10,000 people in Wales, Northern Ireland and Cumbria were left without power after the UK was hit by powerful storms. A search will resume for a sailor who fell overboard from a small ship on the River Trent amid 'very poor' weather conditions

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Search resumes for sailor missing in River Trent

The search for a man who went missing from a ship on the River Trent in North Lincolnshire has resumed this morning.

It is thought the man may have been swept overboard into the river and into the river and searches are taking place in the Grove Wharf area.

Attempts to find the man were abandoned last night as conditions deteriorated.

Read: Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Cornwall to Scotland battered by storms

Storms have ravaged the west coast of the UK, with treacherous conditions reported as far away as Penzance in Cornwall to Dumbarton in Scotland.

The Cornwall coastline as the waves begin to batter Penzance. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Waves surged onto coast roads in Cornwall, scaling the wall and crashing down on the opposite side, endangering motorists.

Before reaching the other side of the road. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

The bad weather did not stop there. Parts of Dunbarton have been flooded, with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency warning properties are at risk.

Residential areas of Dunbarton have been flooded by the severe weather. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Multiple flood warnings are in place in Scotland, Wales and south-west England and an amber severe gale warning has been issued by the Met Office.


Flood warnings update for England and Wales

The number of flood warnings has dropped from 26 to 24, while there three more flood alerts in place.

There are 24 flood warnings in place across the UK Credit: Environment Agency

The Southwest, Wales and the Midlands are the worst-hit areas, with 22 parts of the Southwest advised to expect flooding.

The flood warnings by region. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency provides flood warning updates every 15 minutes.

Missing sailor 'wasn't wearing life jacket'

A sailor who is missing after falling overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area was not believed to be wearing a life jacket.

We understand that the crewman was not wearing a life jacket and, in these conditions particularly, I would say this should have been an essential bare minimum of safety equipment.

We have now stood the search down for the night, and will continue searching during tomorrow.

– Humber Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplett


Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Coastguards and an RAF helicopter have been involved in an unsuccessful search for a missing sailor in weather conditions described as "very poor".

An RAF helicopter was deplyoed to search for a missing sailor amid 'very poor' conditions tonight Credit: PA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a 45-year-old man, believed to be a foreign national, fell overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area.

A spokeswoman said the man was working with ropes on the MV Sea Melody when he appeared to become entangled and was pulled over the side where he disappeared.

A helicopter from RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire began a search with an infra-red camera and a coastguard team from Hull was also mobilised.

Winds expected to peak overnight in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Electricity said it is expecting further disruption overnight, with winds expected to peak in the early hours of the morning.

Our emergency crews will continue to work where it is safe to do so.

We were prepared for the storm and have already restored over 5,000 customers to power since the winds swept across Northern Ireland this afternoon.

However, we are expecting the winds to peak in the early hours of the morning, causing additional disruption to electricity supplies.

– Julia Carson, NIE communications manager

Strong winds have already wreaked havoc with the supply network in Northern Ireland, leaving 7,000 electricity customers without power.

Engineers managed to get 5,000 back on the grid, but by 10pm were still working to restore supply to the remaining 2,000.

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Cumbria Police: Only travel if absolutely necessary

Cumbria Police are asking people only to travel if it is absolutely necessary, in light of the current severe weather.

You can find full details and the latest information from Cumbria Police here.

Meanwhile, police in Southern Scotland are reporting fallen trees affecting rural roads.

Members of the public can contact any police force in the UK by calling the 101 non-emergency number and following the instructions.

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