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UK storms kills two


Staff writers
November 24, 2012 — Authorities in southern England say two people have died as a result of severe weather that has been affecting the region.


County of Somerset in South West England; Nov. 23. Courtesy Ian Robert Keane (via Twitter/@keane_ian)
County of Somerset in South West England; Nov. 23. Courtesy Ian Robert Keane (via Twitter/@keane_ian)

A 21-year-old woman from Exeter City Centre, believed to be homeless, was in a tent when she was hit by a falling spruce tree.
Emergency teams managed to free her but she was pronounced dead soon after.

In Earith, England, a 70-year-old man drowned after his car plunged into the River Great Ouse. Motorists pulled him out and tried to revive him with CPR, without success.

Gusts reached more than 138 km/h in Wales' mountainous Capel Cruig overnight, while the rains set off a mini-landslide in the small southwestern England fishing port of Mevagissey, disrupting operations at the harbour.

At midday Friday, England's Environment Agency still had 77 flood warnings in place.

Train services were disrupted, roads closed and bridges restricted as Britons struggled to recover from the storms.

The cross-Channel ferry linking England to France also reported minor delays.

On November 23, BBC News reported that 300 properties were flooded in England and Wales within a 24-hour period.

A total of 88 weather warnings and 188 alerts were issued between England and Wales Friday morning.


With files from The Associated Press and The Telegraph 

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