UK Storm: Power cut continues at 15,000 homes in East

Rectory Road, Wivenhoe
Image caption Winds of up to 80mph (129kmh) brought down trees and power lines

About 15,000 properties in the east of England are still without electricity after storms earlier this week.

Winds of up to 80mph (129kmh) on Monday brought down trees and power lines, causing what UK Power Networks said was "extensive" damage.

At the height of the storm, 300,000 households in the region had no power.

UK Power Networks said up to 8,000 properties were without power in Suffolk, 6,800 in Essex and 200 in Hertfordshire, as of 07:00 GMT.

It said Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire were "back to normal" on Tuesday.

Most rail services resumed on Wednesday after two days of delays and cancellations.

Greater Anglia said it worked with Network Rail and had to deal with 230 fallen trees and several overhead wire problems.

"We are aware that our performance over the last two days has fallen short of expectations but we'd like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to return the service to normal and communicate this as and when we do," it stated on its website.

Additional structural damage has been found on overhead lines on the Abbey Line, with replacement buses between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction until Thursday morning, London Midland said.

Four people died when the storm hit southern Britain on Monday.

Bethany Freeman, 17, suffered fatal injuries when a tree came down on the caravan she was sleeping in in Hever, near Edenbridge, Kent, at about 07:20 GMT.

The caravan was next to the house where she lived with her family, and she had been sleeping there while renovations were carried out.

Donal Drohan, 51, from Harrow, was pronounced dead at the scene after a tree crushed a red Peugeot 307 at Lower High Street in Watford, Hertfordshire, at 6:50 GMT.

A man and woman were found dead after three houses collapsed and two others were damaged following a suspected gas explosion caused when a tree fell during high winds in Hounslow, west London.

In Essex, the helter-skelter at Clacton Pier blew down, and in Suffolk a double-decker bus with two passengers on board was blown over, injuring the driver and one passenger.

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