Written by News 1st
24 Dec, 2013 | 7:48 am
Two people have died as storms sweep across the UK.
A man’s body was pulled from the River Rothay in Cumbria by rescuers searching for a man who had been seen falling in.
In Gwynedd, north-west Wales, a woman’s body was found in a stream in full flow near her house.
The deaths come as gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the Christmas getaway for road, rail, air and sea passengers. Fallen overhead power lines left thousands without electricity.
Meanwhile, among those affected by the severe weather conditions:
As many as 27,000 customers were left without electricity in southern England, Southern Electric said, with 13,000 in and around Aldershot alone. Others were without power in Oxford, Poole in Dorset, and Petersfield in Hampshire
Some 3,000 Western Power Distribution customers in Cornwall and a further 2,000 in other parts of the South West were left without electricity. Some 800 were still without power on Monday evening.
The Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning – meaning “danger to life” – in Weymouth, Dorset, where the public were advised to avoid the “extremely dangerous” Preston Beach area.
Gusts of 87mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Conwy, North Wales, and disruption has been caused across Wales.
Northern Ireland will face some of the worst weather in the UK on Christmas Eve, with warnings of winds of up to 90mph.
UK High Streets reported a 6% fall in shopper numbers on last year.
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