One dead and more than 100,000 left without power as storms batter flooded Britain
LONDON (REUTERS) - One man was killed and more than a hundred thousand left without power as storms and high winds battered Britain, bringing more misery to already flooded areas and causing widespread travel chaos on Thursday.
Gusts of more than 160km per hour lashed western England and Wales overnight, Britain's Met Office said, while severe flood warnings remained in place for much of the south and west of Britain.
A man in his 70s died in a suspected electrocution after a tree brought down cables in Wiltshire, police said. The Energy Networks Association, which represents energy companies, reported that some 130,000 customers had been left without power late on Wednesday.
Parts of south-west England have been under water for weeks after the country's wettest January in nearly 250 years, and areas around the River Thames to the west of London have also been hit by flooding.