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Man dies after storms

An 18-year-old motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash in Lancing during heavy rain and high winds has died, Sussex Police have said. The gale force winds which have battered parts of the country look set to ease this weekend, forecasters said.

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70mph winds and heavy rain set to batter Britain

Strong winds and heavy rain are set to batter parts of the country. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for south-west England from early afternoon.

Strong winds and heavy rain are set to hit parts of Britain Credit: Reuters

Brendan Jones, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: "There are going to be potentially disruptive winds. This sort of Atlantic storm is more normally seen in the autumn and winter months.

"Winds will increase this afternoon in Devon and Cornwall and there could be gusts of 60 to 65mph, or even 70mph on exposed coasts and headlands.

"Through tonight and Friday, the centre of the storm will move slowly north east, touching areas as far away at north Wales and exiting Britain as far north as Northumberland.

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