As it happened: Hurricane-force winds batter UK

Key points

  • Wind gusts of over 100mph were recorded, transport disrupted and power to thousands of homes cut off
  • A man in his 70s was killed in a suspected electrocution while trying to remove a tree that brought down a power line
  • The Met Office issued its most severe red warning - for wind posing a "risk to life" - for much of Wednesday
  • Fourteen severe flood warnings were in place in Berkshire and Surrey, and two remained in place in Somerset
  • Sporting fixtures were affected, with Man City v Sunderland and Everton v Crystal Palace both off
  • In the Commons, David Cameron unveiled a package of measures to help flood-hit homeowners, businesses and farmers

Live text


  • Lauren Turner 
  • Stephen Robb 
  • Lorna Hankin 

Last updated 12 February 2014

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