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Storm Callum: Man dies in Brighton as cars crushed in Cornwall

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Image caption A Range Rover and a Fiat 500 were crushed when a huge tree came crashing down

A man has died after being swept into the sea in Brighton as high winds battered the south coast of England.

The victim was rescued after coastguard and lifeboat crews were alerted early on Saturday but was confirmed dead after being taken back to shore.

In Cornwall, two cars were crushed by a falling tree in St Clement, near Truro. No-one was injured.

About 80 homes in the county were without electricity after power lines were brought down by the high winds.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood alerts for Devon and Cornwall, although the Met Office has removed its weather warnings for the region.

In Brighton, coastguard rescue and lifeboat crews joined Sussex Police officers at about 01:30 BST to search for the man.

HM Coastguard said he was pulled from the water close to to the pier before being confirmed dead by paramedics.

His death comes after one person died in a landslide in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, as flood warnings remain in place across Wales.

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In Devon, a garage roof was ripped clean off by high winds near Kingsbridge.

Rail services between Penzance and Exeter were suspended as rough seas crashed over the track.

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Media captionHuge waves break on famous Cornish reef as Storm Callum whips up rough seas

On Friday night, one of the main roads into Cornwall, the A38, was closed for several hours after a power line fell on to the carriageway.

In Newquay, onlookers flocked to Fistral beach as huge waves formed on the town's Cribbar reef.

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Image caption A garage roof in Kingsbridge, Devon, was blown off as high winds battered the county

But police are urging people not to go near the sea after video emerged of two people frolicking in heavy waves in Falmouth, Cornwall.

The pair were branded "morons" and "idiots" by viewers after the footage was shared on social media.

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Media captionTwo people filmed playing in stormy seas in Cornwall have been branded "idiots" on social media

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