Woman dies as storms hit Britain

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A woman was killed by a falling tree in Exeter as floods and high winds battered the South West of England.

In some areas of Cornwall people were told to leave their homes as floodwater and torrential rain caused "serious threats to life and property".

Severe warnings were issued for Lostwithiel, Helston, Polperro and Perranporth in Cornwall where the situation is now said to be improving.

David Owens, duty director at Cornwall Council, said large teams had been working through the night to alleviate the situation.

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