Huge Waves Lash South Coast As Storm Hits
Video: Warning Of 14-Metre High Waves
Sky’s Rhiannon Mills reports from Moorland in Somerset where residents are returning to see the devastation floods have caused to their homes.
Video: Residents Return To Flooded Homes
Southern Britain was on alert as hurricane-force winds and heavy rain combined with high tides threatened more flooding misery.
South Wales and the South West were the first areas to be hit by the storm, which moved over the rest of southern England during the afternoon.
The Coastguard in Brixham, Devon, said waves of up to 46ft (14m) were forecast to hit some areas.
The extreme weather also puts more pressure on inland areas including the crisis-hit Somerset Levels.
Residents there have endured weeks of rain, with many evacuated over the last 48 hours with help from the Royal Marines.
Some 1,500 military personnel remain on standby in case the storm caused significant damage.
An elderly woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a tree fell on to the car she was travelling in.
The woman, thought to be in her 70s, suffered a chest injury and a broken leg during the accident in Yardley, Birmingham.
Another female passenger in the car was taken to hospital with neck pain.
The Met Office has issued amber severe weather warnings – meaning “be prepared” – for rain and wind across southern England and Wales until Sunday.
The Environment Agency has two severe flood warnings in place – meaning “danger to life” – in the Somerset Levels.
A third is in place in Chiswell, Dorset, where people were warned that rough seas could breach defences and launch shingle over the promenade.