As it happened: Hurricane-force winds batter UK

Key points

  • Wind gusts of over 100mph were recorded, transport disrupted and power to thousands of homes cut off
  • A man in his 70s was killed in a suspected electrocution while trying to remove a tree that brought down a power line
  • The Met Office issued its most severe red warning - for wind posing a "risk to life" - for much of Wednesday
  • Fourteen severe flood warnings were in place in Berkshire and Surrey, and two remained in place in Somerset
  • Sporting fixtures were affected, with Man City v Sunderland and Everton v Crystal Palace both off
  • In the Commons, David Cameron unveiled a package of measures to help flood-hit homeowners, businesses and farmers

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  • Lauren Turner 
  • Stephen Robb 
  • Lorna Hankin 

Last updated 12 February 2014


More than 1,000 homes have been evacuated along the Thames after towns and villages including Wraysbury, Chertsey and Datchet were flooded. Chief Supt Matt Twist, of Surrey Police, said the flooding in the county was "unprecedented" and warned that a further 2,500 homes were at risk.


Independent front page Wednesday's Independent leads with PM David Cameron's warning that flooding in England will get worse before it gets better - perhaps lasting for many more months.


Daily Express front page The Daily Express, meanwhile, warns of an "Atlantic superstorm" which could bring "more flood misery for thousands".


On Tuesday, PM David Cameron said money was "no object in this relief effort" but warned: "Things could get worse before they get better."


Lucy Foster, who has been helping to run a flooding "control centre" at a primary school in Wraysbury, Berkshire, said the village had been "looking after itself for a long, long time and morale was getting very low, energy levels were getting low". Wraysbury had "finally" now received help from the Army, the police and the fire service, she added. Read our main weather news story for more.


BBC weather forecaster Elizabeth Saary says it is "not good news with more unwelcome rain on the way and some severe gusts as well". Watch her forecast here.


And in the Staines and Egham area, four schools are closed today because of the flooding.