UK storm leaves thousands without power

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Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, steps off a boat with the help of police as he arrives at the flood-hit village of Muchelney in Somerset, southwestern England on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). AFP PHOTO

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, steps off a boat with the help of police as he arrives at the flood-hit village of Muchelney in Somerset, southwestern England on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). AFP PHOTO

LONDON: More bad weather left thousands of British homes without power on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), hours after Prince Charles visited flood-hit villages marooned by the wettest January for more than a century.

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The southwest of England, already on the receiving end of a winter battering, was worst affected with 14,000 properties left without power, according to Western Power Distribution

The company said “airborne debris” carried by 75 to 80 miles per hour (120 to 130 kilometers per hour) winds had damaged overhead lines.

“We will be working into the early hours to restore power providing it’s safe to do so,” said a spokesman.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles earlier met residents, farmers and emergency staff in the stricken county of Somerset, in southwest England.

Charles, who often speaks out about environmental and rural issues, pledged £50,000 ($81,800, 60,600 euros) from his Prince’s Countryside Fund to help the region.

His visit comes as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron faces anger over its response to the floods.

Charles, 65, received a round of applause from locals as he arrived in the town of Stoke Saint Gregory.

The Prince of Wales was later due to travel by boat to the village of Muchelney, which has been marooned by floodwaters for more than a month.

Forecasters warned that winds in the area were due to strengthen overnight and into Wednesday.

“The band of rain which is moving across from the south west will continue its journey north-eastwards during the course of the night, with fragmented outbreaks of rain—still pretty heavy—following on behind,” said the Met Office.

“It will continue to be very windy. We can expect to see gusts of 60 to 70mph quite widely across parts of south Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.”

AFP

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