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Storms to lash flooded parts of Britain

Published on Feb 12, 2014 8:32 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds on Wednesday as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response.

Fourteen severe flood warnings - indicating a danger to life - were in place in Berkshire and Surrey to the west of London, while two remain in Somerset in southwest England.

The Met Office national weather service issued a red warning - the highest level of threat - for "exceptionally strong winds" in western parts of Wales and some parts of northwest England later Wednesday.

Heavy rain is also expected across the country.

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