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UK storms: Coastal defences showing strain

6 February 2014 Last updated at 22:41 GMT

One of the most dramatic images of the damage caused by the severe weather battering Britain is that of the destroyed train track at Dawlish.

Experts have made repeated warnings that the line is vulnerable to poor weather, even before it was opened in 1847.

As the stream of storms from the Atlantic shows no sign of letting up, the UK's ageing coastal defences are beginning to show the strain.

David Shukman reports.

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