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British storms cause power cuts, batter sea walls

Published on Feb 5, 2014 9:04 PM
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Brighton's West Pier in southern England is divided into two parts after rough seas caused a section on the east side to collapse, on Feb 5, 2014. More than 8,000 homes were without power in southwest England on Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, after fresh storms battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline and damaging sea defences. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - More than 8,000 homes were without power in southwest England on Wednesday after fresh storms battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline and damaging sea defences.

The main train service connecting the counties of Devon and Cornwall with the rest of Britain were suspended after part of the sea wall under the coastal railway line collapsed.

Local member of parliament Ben Bradshaw said the line closure was a "devastating blow" to the regional economy.

The Environment Agency issued nine severe flood warnings for the southwest, meaning there was a "danger to life", and Prime Minister David Cameron was due to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra.

 
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