Massive storms battered parts of Britain leaving thousands without electricity

Massive storms have hit the south-west England and south Wales leaving thousands of homes without electricity.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued nine severe flood warnings, covering much of the southern and western areas of the U.K. and the east coast of Ireland indicating a clear “danger to life”. Gusts of up to 60-70 mph are expected today across parts of south Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. 

In Torcross, Devon, residents at the seafront were evacuated for safety purpose after the high tide smashed the fronts of four properties.

According to Western Power Distribution – the electricity network operator for the south west, around 44,000 customers have suffered power cuts since Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, 5,000 properties were still without power.

The railway service connecting the Devon and Cornwall counties with the rest of Britain, were suspended for the remaining day after part of the sea wall under the coastal railway line collapsed.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has told the line closure was a “devastating blow” to the regional economy.

According to the forecasting reports, heavy rain and windstorm will continue to disrupt journey.

Prime Minister David Cameron was due to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra as severe weather has caused destruction across parts of Britain.

The committee has been meeting almost daily during the last few weeks as heavy rains and winds have flooded much of Britain, including the southwest county of Somerset, where one village has been cut off for a month.

Mr. Cameron has announced in parliament on Wednesday regarding an additional £100 million ($163 million, 120 million euros) fund for essential flood defenses and maintenance over the next year.

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