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Man Electrocuted As 100mph Storms Hit UK
A man has died after being electrocuted while attempting to move a tree whichbrought down power cables in Wiltshire.
The man, who is in his 70s, was trying to move the tree near Chippenham on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
It came on the day some parts of Britain were battered by winds of more than 100mph.
The inclement weather caused travel chaos, with Virgin Trains urging customers to "abandon travel".
Company spokesman Jim Rowe advised people against travelling today, and said that pre-bought tickets would still be valid on Thursday.
He said the move was for safety reasons, adding: "The worst thing that can happen is that a train comes into contact with an obstruction and has an accident."
Northwest England and west Wales are getting the most ferocious winds, with 108mph recorded in Aberdaron, Gwynedd, and conditions worsening on the Lancashire coast.
The M6 has been closed, Crewe station was evacuated after the roof was blown off, while trains were suspended temporarily between Preston and Shap in Cumbria.
Sunderland's Premier League match at Manchester City has been called off, and police warned locals to avoid Manchester city centre for their own safety.
Everton's home tie with Crystal Palace has also been cancelled.
On the North Yorkshire moors, an East Coast train has been held up for hours due to a power cut caused by the weather.
Passenger Antonia Goddard told Sky News: "We've been stuck here for a few hours now waiting for rescue.
"We were told there was no power for the train. We've been on emergency lights and there's no heating."
Ms Goddard said passengers had been told that a bus would arrive to take them to nearby Darlington.
About 18,000 homes and businesses in South Wales are without power, while 1,500 in the South West are also without electricity.
Ireland is also severely affected by the storm and 260,000 homes have lost power in the worst outage for years, according to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB).
A ship off the south coast of Ireland has recorded the most powerful gust so far, registering 110mph.
Winds of up to 81mph have also hit southwest England, closing the M48 Severn Bridge and, for a while, Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge.
A fresh deluge of a month's worth of rain is forecast for some areas by Friday night, heaping misery on communities already struggling with flooding.
Liz Sullivan, from Ebbw Vale in south Wales, said: "We've had the worst wind and rain I've ever seen.
"People were struggling to walk, umbrellas were inside-out, and my bins were blown over my wall."
Residents in the South Wales Valleys are currently experiencing lightening, heavy rain, snow and high winds.
David Cameron held a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee this morning as flood-hit regions in Somerset and the Thames Valley brace for another blast of bad weather.
However, there will be no new money to pay for flood relief, Downing Street sources have told Sky News.
It comes a day after the Prime Minister pledged "money is no object" in the effort to helping flooded communities recover.
More than 400 less serious flood warnings and alerts are in force across England and Wales.
Forecasters say 70mm of rain could fall by Friday night in the West Country, south Wales, western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Southern and western areas are expected to get 20-40mm.
Windsor and Maidenhead and communities in Surrey, such as Staines, are at high risk of flooding over the next two days, according to the Environment Agency.
Some 600 people have been evacuated from homes in Surrey, according to police.
Around 1,000 homes have been reported as flooded over the past week, including 800 along the Thames.
:: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.
:: Sky News has a special programme dedicated to the floods crisis every night this week at 7pm.
:: You can also watch Storm Nation Special this Thursday at 8pm on Sky 1 (Sky channel 106).
:: Email your photos and videos of the floods to firstname.lastname@example.org.