As it happened: Wind and rain lash UK in latest storms

Key points

  • Gale-force winds have hit southern England, with gusts of up to 80 mph along exposed parts of the south coast
  • Train lines have been affected, with no services west of Plymouth and South West Trains advising against all but essential travel
  • The Army has helped rescue 32 diners trapped by floodwaters in beachfront restaurant at Milford on Sea, Hampshire
  • More than 140,000 homes and businesses are without power, the Energy Networks Association has said
  • More than 20 severe flood warnings have been issued in parts of Berkshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Surrey
  • Police Scotland have said two walkers missing in poor weather conditions near Ben Nevis summit were found safe and well

Live text

Reporting:

  • Dominic Howell 
  • Stephen Robb 
  • Bernadette McCague 

Last updated 14 February 2014

STANDARD 06:27

The UK is braced for the latest round of stormy weather, with further flooding and transport disruption expected.

STANDARD 06:28

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber warnings for rain, wind and snow and 17 severe flood warnings are in place for parts of Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset.

STANDARD 06:33

Another storm is moving in from the Atlantic and due to arrive on Friday, say BBC forecasters

Forecasters say this latest round of severe weather is being caused by another area of low pressure from the Atlantic. It will initially bring rain to the south-west before snow reaches higher ground in Wales, northern England and Northern Ireland. BBC forecasters say they are expecting 15-25mm of rain to fall - and possibly as much as 40mm.

STANDARD 06:37

Downing Street sources say David Cameron is to visit north-west England today to assess the response to storm damage, Politics Home editor-in-chief Paul Waugh reports.

STANDARD 06:38

About 25,000 properties are still without electricity - and engineers are continuing to work to reconnect those affected.

STANDARD 06:42

RAF aerial pictures

An RAF Tornado jet captured detailed aerial pictures of areas affected by the floods on Thursday.

STANDARD 06:46

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STANDARD 06:50

David McKnight, from the Environment Agency, says he is "very concerned" about the heavy rainfall forecast for the next few days. He urges the public to report localised problems directly to the agency, rather than assuming that severe flood warnings will automatically mean help and support from the authorities.

STANDARD 06:52

Mr McKnight adds: "There are certainly lessons to be learned for everyone concerned with flood risk management. Once we get into recovery mode we will look and come together with the other agencies to look at what happened this time and what could be done better next time."

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