UK Weather: Strong Winds Return To Britain After Deaths (Pictures)

STORMY PICTURES: Batten Down The Hatches - It's Windy Again

Strong winds returned to Britain following storms earlier in the week that resulted in two deaths.

Further injuries were reported on Thursday after a woman and a 10-year-old boy were taken to hospital after a tree crashed on to their car.

Gusts of up to 87mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Wales at 2am, and speeds of between 50mph and 70mph were forecast across the country, as the Met Office issued weather warnings for Wales, Northern Ireland and Strathclyde.

Forecasters said the winds were now hailing from a north-westerly rather than a westerly direction, bringing with them a drop in temperature.

Sally Webb, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It will be quite blustery later but through the day the winds are weakening gradually. Overnight it should calm down a lot compared to how it has been.

"There are more north-westerly winds today, which is why they feel quite a bit chillier."

One of the men who died in the high winds on Tuesday was named by police as married father-of-three Christopher Hayes, 51.

Hayes was killed when a tree crushed his parked van in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The second death was a crew member on board a tanker which was hit by a large wave off the coast of the south Devon and Cornwall border.

London Fire Brigade also attended a string of wind-related incidents across the capital overnight, when gusts blew a wind turbine in Barking and scaffolding in Tavistock Square into "precarious positions".

Thousands of people were also left without electricity. In the East Midlands, 5,000 customers were off supply, mainly in north Nottingham and Derbyshire.

The figure was reduced from the 10,000 who were without power this morning, a spokesman for Western Power Distribution said.

In the West Midlands, 3,500 customers were cut off this afternoon, mainly in Stoke and Staffordshire. The spokesman said a total of 6,000 were without power this morning.


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