Wild storms batter north

Wind and rain in Blackpool
Wind and rain in Blackpool
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THE Fylde Coast was put on red alert as high winds and torrential rain swept through the UK, leaving one person dead and forcing hundreds from their homes.

Prime Minister David Camneron promised the Government would “ensure everything is being done to help” as the Environment Agency revealed more than 800 homes have been flooded, with thousands of motorists rescued from water-logged roads.

A woman was killed when she was crushed by a tree as wild winds whipped southern England, bringing the week’s weather-related death toll to two.

And today, forecasters have warned worse may still be to come, with further rainfall and 60mph winds expected overnight, with experts warning people the conditions pose a “serious threat to life”.

Last night the Environment Agency said two flood alerts and four warnings had been issued for river and surface water in Lancashire, but it appears the Fylde Coast may have escaped largely unscathed. Rainfall is estimated to be around 15mm across the spine of Britain today, less than the 30mm of rain in pockets of the West Country, but meteorologists said it would offer little respite to weary homeowners.

Although this afternoon saw a temporary respite, the Environment Agency has continued to issue warnings, with over 500 alerts now in place.

One severe flood warning – the highest alert possible – remains in place for the River Cober in Helston, Cornwall.

More than 500 alerts have now been issued, including nearly 230 flood warnings, the second strongest alert, and confined largely to the Midlands.

A 21-year-old woman was killed in Western Way, Exeter after becoming trapped under a fallen spruce tree which injured two others.

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