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Power cuts and flooding hit parts of Britain

Heavy rain and gale-force winds have caused flooding and cut off power for thousands of properties in parts of England and Wales.

In Dawlish, Devon, shortly before midnight, a high tide and strong winds caused the sea to flood the railway station's tracks.

Image: Police and firefighters attend a pub and a house after flooding in Milford Haven. Pic: Dyfed Powys police

In Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, some people were forced to evacuate from their properties after they were under up to 10ft (3m) of water.

Western Power Distribution, the distribution network operator for the Midlands, south Wales and the southwest of England, said it had 2,500 customers "off supply" on Friday evening.

Homes were evacuated as the water levels rose
Image: Homes were evacuated as the water levels rose. Pic: Dyfed Powys police

The Met Office has issued more than 10 flood warnings and around 60 flood alerts across the southwest of England and Wales.

The wet and windy weather is expected to continue across large parts of the country into Saturday morning.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: "It's going to be a breezy day for most places with showers around for the South and West."We could get spells of more regular showers pushing westwards during the day, reaching central parts in the afternoon.

The flooded industrial unit meant some couldn't get to work. Pic: @dsignstudio1992
Image: The flooded industrial unit meant some couldn't get to work. Pic: @dsignstudio1992

"Those showers could be heavy with a bit of thunder mixed in and possibly some hail.

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"The northeast of England and Scotland could stay dry."

During the day, temperatures are expected to remain a few degrees above average for the time of year, although the unsettled weather will likely make it feel cooler.

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