Strong winds to ease off after woman killed and ferries delayed

Blustery and wet conditions which have hit parts of the UK this weekend will ease off today, the Met Office has said.

A woman in her 60s was killed after a tree is believed to have fallen on her car in Dorset on Saturday, amid gusts of more than 80mph which buffeted parts of the South West.

She was pronounced dead at the scene in Verwood Road, and her next of kin have been informed.

Ferry operators P&O and DFDS had stopped all services due to huge wind gusts and and high waters, with Dover harbour being closed completely for parts of Saturday.

The port was later reopened but services were subject to delays.


Image: Severe flooding in Pontardawe, Wales. Pic: @AmmanfordFire

Trees and scaffolding were blown over – damaging cars – and public transport links were also disrupted.

There were a number of rain and wind warnings issued across the south of England and Wales on Saturday, while a band of rain moved across northern Scotland.

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Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the high winds would be "calming down" overnight.

He said there will "still be areas of rain around" during the day on Sunday, but added: "Winds will not be as strong as today."

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