Clean up in UK after storm Eleanor

January 04, 2018

Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power after Storm Eleanor battered the UK.

Clean up efforts continue in Britain after Storm Eleanor brought gale-force winds, plunging tens of thousands of homes into darkness and disrupting travel.

Heavy rain and gusts of up to 145km/h swept across the UK overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday evening.

Forecasters warned that more severe weather is on the way, with a cold snap this weekend bringing plummeting temperatures and widespread frost.

Storm Eleanor caused power cuts to tens of thousands of homes from Northern Ireland and the south west and Midlands, across to the east.

Fallen trees caused a number of road closures and injuries, including to a man in Worcestershire and another in Wales, according to the Met Office.

A harbour wall collapsed in Portreath, Cornwall, and a respite centre was set up for seafront residents at risk of flooding although the high tide was not as bad as feared.

The Severn River Crossing and the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk were closed in the early hours due to strong winds.

A body was recovered from the sea near Splash Point in Seaford, East Sussex, on Wednesday morning.

It is not yet clear whether the person was swept into the water by the weather conditions.

Flooding risks could remain for coastal areas for several days, the Environment Agency has warned, as it urged people not to attempt "storm selfies".

The Thames Barrier was closed to protect London from flooding.

Nationwide rail services, including one of the main routes into London, were also disrupted by debris fallen on tracks and damage to overhead wires.

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