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UK weather: Strong winds to ease off after woman killed and ferry services delayed | UK News



Blustery and wet conditions which have hit parts of the UK this weekend will ease off today, the Met Office has said.

A woman in her 60s was killed after a tree is believed to have fallen on her car in Dorset on Saturday, amid gusts of more than 80mph which buffeted parts of the South West.

She was pronounced dead at the scene in Verwood Road, and her next of kin have been informed.

Ferry operators P&O and DFDS had stopped all services due to huge wind gusts and and high waters, with Dover harbour being closed completely for parts of Saturday.

The port was later reopened but services were subject to delays.

Severe flooding in Pontardawe, Wales. Pic: @AmmanfordFire
Severe flooding in Pontardawe, Wales. Pic: @AmmanfordFire

Trees and scaffolding were blown over – damaging cars – and public transport links were also disrupted.

There were a number of rain and wind warnings issued across the south of England and Wales on Saturday, while a band of rain moved across northern Scotland.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the high winds would be “calming down” overnight.

He said there will “still be areas of rain around” during the day on Sunday, but added: “Winds will not be as strong as today.”

Pedestrian shelter from the rain under umbrellas in Bristol, after the Met Office warned of torrential rain and thunder in parts of the country.
The strongest gust of wind recorded was 109mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight

The Met Office said gusts of 83mph were recorded in Plymouth and 82mph in Culdrose, Cornwall, on Saturday.

The strongest gust of wind recorded was 109mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

The Met Office advised those attending or organising bonfire events this weekend to take care.

It added people should be mindful of the strength of the wind before setting off fireworks.

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