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Falling Tree Kills Woman As High Winds Hit
A woman has died and thousands are without power as stormy weather batters Ireland and areas of the western UK.
The 23-year-old woman was killed after a tree fell on her car in Mullingar, County Westmeath at about 4pm. She was taken to an Irish hospital but later pronounced dead.
Coastguards and an RAF helicopter have also suspended a search in "very poor" conditions after a man fell overboard from a cargo ship on the River Trent.
The 45-year-old - understood to not be wearing a life jacket - became entangled in ropes, according to a coastguard spokeswoman.
"We have now stood the search down for the night, and will continue searching during tomorrow," said Humber Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplett.
A man was also seriously injured on the A45 in Warwickshire after a "large tree" fell on a car, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Meanwhile, more than 17,000 people were left without power late on Wednesday night.
Around 12,000 in Ireland, 3,500 in Cumbria and Lancashire, 1,000 in Northern Ireland and nearly 900 in Neath, south Wales were cut off after damage to power lines.
Winds of 70-80mph were forecast in Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland, where an orange "be prepared" warning is in place.
South-west England and much of western Wales are under a less severe "be aware" warning from the Met Office, with gusts of between 50 to 70mph possible.
The Environment Agency has issued 24 flood warnings and 116 flood alerts, most clustered in the west of the UK, but some in central and eastern areas.
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However, the most serious threat is in Ireland.
The country's weather service, Met Eireann, has issued a "Status Red" severe weather warning for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.
It means that people should "take action to protect themselves and/or their properties".
Gusts of 75mph to 93mph (120 to 150 km/h) are forecast in those counties, as well as high seas in coastal areas.
An orange warning is in place for counties Cavan and Clare, and a yellow alert for Leinster, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford.
The roof of the Kent railway station in Cork, Ireland, also partially collapsed on Wednesday, leaving a passenger with minor injuries.
One Twitter user, Anna Leonard, posted: "The weather is so bad in Ireland. A woman is dead in Mullingar because of the wind. Ridiculous. Prayers with those affected!"
Elsewhere in England, Cumbria Police said roofs had been blown off a property in Seaton and the Moota Hotel on the A595, leading to road closures.
Trains between Leatherhead and Guildford, and to and from London Paddington and Liverpool Street were also experiencing delays.
Football matches were also affected by the weather.
Sheffield Wednesday's home game against Wigan was abandoned in the second half because of a waterlogged pitch and Manchester United's game with Stoke was temporarily halted by a hail storm.
The wind is expected to ease on Thursday with a forecast of sunshine and heavy showers, some wintry.
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