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Prince Charles visits British flood victims as storm sweeps in

Published on Feb 5, 2014 7:39 AM

LONDON (AFP) - More bad weather left thousands of British homes without power on Tuesday, hours after Prince Charles visited flood-hit villages marooned by the wettest January for more than a century.

The south west of England, already on the receiving end of a winter battering, was worst affected with 14,000 properties left without power, according to Western Power Distribution The company said "airborne debris" carried by 120-130 kph winds had damaged overhead lines.

"We will be working into the early hours to restore power providing it's safe to do so," said a spokesman.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles earlier met residents, farmers and emergency staff in the stricken county of Somerset, in southwest England.

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