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Roofs blown off and roads closed after storms

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Media captionThames Valley Police said no-one was believed to be injured

Damage ranging from roofs being blown off to fallen trees is being cleared by emergency services after strong winds battered parts of the country.

A high street in Slough, Berkshire, remains closed after a large section of a roof was blown off a block of flats.

Meanwhile scaffolding from a 10-storey block in Orpington, London, collapsed overnight due to the high winds.

Elsewhere, brick walls have collapsed, trees have blocked roads and rising rivers have led to flood warnings.

The 48-hour period began with Storm Brendan hammering Ireland on Monday, causing thousands of homes to lose power, before bringing winds in excess of 80mph to parts of Scotland and England.

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The roof is strewn across the high street in Slough

What else has the weather impacted?

  • Airlines were forced to divert flights scheduled to land at Gatwick Airport on Monday evening while ferries and railways faced disruption
  • Port operator DP World has urged trucks travelling to Southampton with no booking to stay away due to a backlog of hundreds of lorries going through the port
  • A railway line remains closed between Horsham and Dorking following a landslip
  • Several cars were stuck and two were people rescued in Hampshire
  • High winds across Norfolk led to 45 trees coming down but police said the majority caused no problems and were cleared
  • Lytham Coastguard tweeted that rescue teams were dispatched to a car in the sea at Starr Gate. It said the driver was out of the car

A second low-pressure front brought further strong gales to much of the country on Tuesday, causing the roof of an apartment block to crash into Slough High Street.

Emergency services remained on the scene overnight and Slough Borough Council said there was “no specific time” estimated for the road to be reopened.

Thames Valley Police said it did not believe anyone had been seriously injured in the incident.

A taxi driver who narrowly missed being hit by the roof said it was “a miracle no-one was killed”.

Taxi driver Haris Baig, 30, from Slough, said his car was only metres away from being hit.

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No-one is believed to have been hurt after scaffolding fell in Chelsfield Lane, Orpington

Drivers are being warned to expect severe delays heading into Southampton city centre.

There is a backlog of hundreds of trucks queuing for Dock Gate 20 following the suspension of crane and shipside operations overnight.

Rob Freeman of port operator DP World said: “It’s freakish situation caused by the weather.”

Staff are now working to catch up on the backlog of trucks which is expected to take most of the day to clear.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill, from the Met Office, said: “It will take a little while but the rain should clear by lunchtime.

“Once it does clear away, otherwise tomorrow, most places are in for some decent sunny spells.”

Some 25 flood warnings and 165 flood alerts were issued by the Environment Agency on Tuesday, as coastal areas struggled with strong gusts, high tides and large waves.

Rail passengers faced delays and temporary speed limits due to the heavy winds and fallen trees, while drivers were advised to take extra care on the roads.

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Jack Dowd came across a wall which had collapsed on his way home near Bexleyheath

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Trees fell on to train lines and speed cautions are in place in various areas as workers clear debris

The Met Office said although the wind is due to ease off on Wednesday, conditions will still be blustery, and temperatures are due to dip to 9C.

Mr Burkill warned more unsettled weather was ahead on Thursday, particularly during the second half of the day.

“It doesn’t look as bad as what we’ve had through the past couple of days,” he added.

A gust of 78mph was recorded on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday, according to the Met Office.

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