A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in flood water, police said.

Emergency services received a call at about 8.50pm last night to say a car was wedged under a bridge near to a ford at Rectory Fields, in Chew Stoke, Somerset.

Fire crews and police attended the scene and a man was found in the car and pronounced dead.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said they are still trying to identify the man involved and his next of kin.

"The vehicle is still stuck there at the moment, and so we are preserving the scene until the water has died down and it is safe to retrieve the car," he added.

"When daylight comes, they will look to remove it."

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The man died after his car became wedged under a bridge

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: "Tragically we have had one fatality.

"We were called to reports of a car submerged in water in Pilgrims Way, in Chew Stoke, just off the main road.

"Emergency services attended and several members of the Avon Fire and Rescue swift water rescue team, who are based at Bedminster fire station, went into the water.

"They recovered a man from the vehicle, he was then left in the care of paramedics and I understand that while being taken to hospital he was declared dead en route.

"The coroner has been informed and there will be a full investigation."

The awful weather, which is expected to continue this weekend, has been worst in Wales and the South West where flooding left hundreds of drivers stranded.

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Some 45 flood warnings have been issued in the South West

And many roads were left impassable as homeowners were again forced to protect their properties as water deluged swathes of the country.

This morning the Environment Agency had issued 91 flood warnings with a total of 213 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales.

In the South West there were 45 flood warnings and 58 alerts.

The majority of the UK was hit by the storms as they were pushed eastwards yesterday, causing flash flooding.

While the rainfall overnight was lighter compared to earlier in the day, much of it fell on already saturated ground.

Yesterday the Met Office said some areas saw up to 60mm (5in) of rain during the day, causing further river and surface water flooding.

Last night Westonbirt had the heaviest rainfall between 6pm and midnight, reaching 22mm, while 19mm fell in Bournemouth.

The highest winds were recorded at Capel Curig in Wales reaching 86mph, but much of the UK battled with winds of 60 to 70mph during the day and throughout the night.

A spokesman for the MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the country would be greeted with some welcome respite today, but more storms are on their way this weekend.

He said: "There will be some respite today, a little chilly with some sunshine and short showers but nothing like yesterday.
"The rain should have cleared but might linger in the south.

"But again on Saturday it will get quite stormy overnight for all of the UK, with a particular risk of high winds in the southern half of the UK.

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The bad weather is expected to continue over the weekend

"There will be high rainfall totals and further flooding."

He added: "All areas across the UK would have felt blustery winds and heavy rain at some point overnight but the South West and Wales had the worst of it."

Western Power yesterday said that 2,500 customers in the South West and 500 in Wales were without power because of high winds bringing down power lines, but that it was working to reconnect them as quickly as possible.

Last night north Wales became the latest area to be swamped, with the Gwynedd area worst affected.

Three children had to be rescued from Dolbadarn primary school in Llanberis by firefighters in a boat when they were prevented from leaving by high water, North Wales Fire and Rescue said.

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  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

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    A damaged road from flood waters in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

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    A police officer at the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

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    A general view of the ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke, where a man went into the water in his vehicle and died in the flood waters.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    The scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

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    A 4x4 vehicle crosses the ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke, where a man went into the water in his vehicle and died in the flood waters.

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    Cars make their way through flood water on Pershore High Street in Pershore, Worcestershire.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    A general view of the ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke, where a man went into the water in his vehicle and died in the flood waters.

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    Cars make their way through flood water on Pershore High Street in Pershore, Worcestershire.

  • 22.11.12. FLOOD DEATH. A man was killed after his 4x4 was washed down a stream by flood water and wedged against a foot bridge in the village of Chew Stoke near Bristol this evening (Thursday 22.11.12). PIC © Andrew Lloyd

    22.11.12. FLOOD DEATH. A man was killed after his 4x4 was washed down a stream by flood water and wedged against a foot bridge in the village of Chew Stoke near Bristol this evening (Thursday 22.11.12). PIC © Andrew Lloyd

  • A22.11.12. FLOOD DEATH. A man was killed after his 4x4 was washed down a stream by flood water and wedged against a foot bridge in the village of Chew Stoke near Bristol this evening (Thursday 22.11.12). PIC © Andrew Lloyd

    22.11.12. FLOOD DEATH. A man was killed after his 4x4 was washed down a stream by flood water and wedged against a foot bridge in the village of Chew Stoke near Bristol this evening (Thursday 22.11.12). PIC © Andrew Lloyd

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    Rain on a windscreen following a weather warning in Aberdeen.

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    A surfer braves the waters of the North Sea off The Esplanade, Aberdeen.

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    A surfer braves the waters of the North Sea off The Esplanade, Aberdeen.

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    A member of the public wades through floodwater in Evesham, Worcestershire.

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    Ducks swim near to a car, stranded in floodwater in Evesham, Worcestershire.

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    A member of the public wades through floodwater in Evesham, Worcestershire.

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    A walker trying to shelter from the rain and wind on Scarborough sea front as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

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    Holding onto their hats, walkers brave gale force winds on the harbour wall at Scarborough sea front as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

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    A barrier and a flood warning block a flooded road in Hawbridge, Worcestershire.

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    Hydrologists Josh Johnstone (holding water staff guage) from Hydro Logic in Stirling, monitor equipment which supplies information to guage water levels on the River Forth at Aberfoyle. The UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    Hydrologists Josh Johnstone (holding water staff guage) and Andrew Picken from Hydro Logic in Stirling, monitor equipment which supplies information to guage water levels on the River Forth at Aberfoyle. . The UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    Hydrologists Andrew Picken and Josh Johnstone (holding water staff guage) from Hydro Logic in Stirling, monitor equipment which supplies information to guage water levels on the River Forth at Aberfoyle. The UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

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    A car negotiates a flooded road in Paisley, Scotland, as torrential rain and high winds are expected across much of the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    The P&O Spirit of Britain is buffeted by strong winds as she arrives at The Port of Dover, Kent as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

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    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

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    A fishing trawler heads for the safety of Whitby harbour as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A car negotiates a flooded road in Paisley, Scotland, as torrential rain and high winds are expected across much of the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    Paul and Denise Milsom from Cheltenham look at the flooded road between Cropthorne and Fladbury in Worcestershire.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    Paul and Denise Milsom from Cheltenham look at the flooded road between Cropthorne and Fladbury in Worcestershire.

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    Swans swim past a litter bin along the waterside in Evesham in Worcestershire.

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    Cars make their way through flood water on Pershore High Street in Pershore, Worcestershire.

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    Pedestrians make their way through floods on Waterfront, Evesham in Worcestershire.

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    Cars make their way through floods on Waterfront, Evesham in Worcestershire.