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Wild Weather Strikes UK As 61-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit By Falling Masonry

06/10/2014 17:24 BST | Updated 06/10/2014 17:59 BST

A 61-year-old man has died after he was hit by falling masonry during windy conditions.

Humberside Police said it was too early to say whether the stormy weather was responsible for the incident in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, this afternoon.

Officers were called to Cliff Street in the seaside town just before 1pm today after reports the falling masonry hit a man and a vehicle.

A force spokesman said: "A 61-year-old man has died after being struck by falling masonry on Cliff Street, Bridlington, today and police are supporting the man's family.

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Waves crash against the harbour wall in Dover, Kent, as the predicted stormy weather sweeps across the country

"Police were called at 1259 hours after masonry fell from the building and struck the man and a vehicle.

"A cordon is expected to remain in place overnight, whilst further safety checks are undertaken and to ensure the public are kept safe."

Heavy rain and strong winds across many parts of Britain have made it a miserable Monday as the first storm of the autumn hit swept across the country.

Forecasters have warned there was more bad weather on its way as an area of low pressure sat off Ireland, replacing the high which had brought unseasonal warm and dry conditions for much of September.

The Met Office had issued severe weather warnings for much of the western side of the country, and strong winds caused problems on the railways and for electricity suppliers.

A fallen tree at Lambrigg, Cumbria, brought down the overhead power line on the West Coast Main Line, and affected services throughout the day.

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Vehicles use their headlights as they drive along a road as rain falls on October 6, 2014 near Bath, England.

Network Rail said the plan was to close the line later, following the tree fall at 6.30am, and that it was likely to remain shut into the early hours of tomorrow.

Another tree fell on the line between Oxford and Hereford, but that was cleared.

The strong winds, which reached 84mph overnight on South Uist in the Western Isles, damaged power lines in Northern Ireland and Cumbria.

Northern Ireland Electricity said about 6,000 customers lost power overnight.

About 2,000 homes in the Workington area of Cumbria were affected at around 8am, with most having supply restored within an hour.

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Delegates arrive in inclement weather at the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference at the SECC on October 6, 2014 in Glasgow

Heavy rain was reported across the west, with 44.8mm falling in Camborne, Cornwall, and 43.8mm in Llanfrynach, Powys.

John Griffiths, a forecaster with the MeteoGroup, said: "There is a low just off Ireland which is going to stick around for the nest few days."

The picture will remain unsettled, with bands of showery rain spreading from the west tomorrow and Wednesday.

"Once the showery rain passes through there will be a few spells of sunshine breaking through," he said.

"It is windy and Scotland will get the worst of it tomorrow. In the Western Isles there will be some strong winds.

"But it is autumn and this is normal. We just got spoiled with the high."

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