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Fierce storms bring chaos to parts of UK

5 December 2013 Last updated at 13:05 GMT

Fierce storms with high winds and lashing rain have brought chaos to parts of the UK.

Winds of up to 100mph are sweeping Scotland, Northern Ireland, and northern and eastern England.

One man is known to have been killed in West Lothian.

Travel is very badly disrupted; Scotland's entire rail network is suspended, and more than 100,000 homes are without power.

The Met Office have issued scores of flood warnings; the environment agency says that across England and Wales, thousands of people are expected to suffer flooding over the next 24 hours.

The government's emergency Cobra committee has met to discuss the chaos caused by the storms.

Nick Beake reports.

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