Two people were killed on Friday as strong winds and heavy rain hit southern England, adding to problems already caused by widespread storms and flooding.
A freak wave killed an 85-year-old cruise ship passenger in the Channel. Here waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex
In central London, mother-of-three Julie Sillitoe, 49, was killed when the taxi she was driving was crushed by falling masonry. Her two passengers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Strong wind and waves batter parts of the south coast, including the East Cliff Pavilion in Folkestone, as thousands of homes are without power.
Waves during high tide at Sunny Sands Beach in Folkestone. High winds are expected to subside during Saturday, after reaching 80mph.
Soldiers help a tree surgeon remove a fallen tree in Egham, west London.
Meanwhile, volunteers from the local community and charities have helped to fill sandbags before they are distributed in Egham following the wettest start to the year for 250 years.
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Pensioner, 85, dies after massive wave batters cruise ship as 80mph storms leave more than 106,000 homes without power
An elderly cruise ship passenger has died after vessel hit by freak wave in the English Channel
A taxi driver, Julie Sillitoe, was killed after her car was crushed by falling masonry in central London
A young pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed in a car crash in South Wales
Thirty-two people were rescued from a beachfront restaurant after it was pelted by storm-blown shingle and flooded
Some 16 severe flood warnings – meaning there is a danger to life – are in place
Warnings issued for coastal communities from Cornwall to Hampshire, Gloucester and the Thames Valley
Nearly 150 less serious flood warnings and 250 flood alerts were also in place this morning
Engineers are battling strong winds and rain to restore 106,101 homes that have had their power cut off
Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim, had to rescue pieces of his decking which were blown on to Hove seafront
Environment Agency tells Whitehall more properties will be flooded and Thames water levels will rise
By Anna Edwards and Wills Robinson
An 85-year-old man died yesterday after the 22,000-tonne Marco Polo cruise ship was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel, as more than 106,000 homes – including the Queen’s – are without power after winds of up to 80mph cut off electricity.
Water crashed through a window, injuring a number of people. The man was airlifted off the vessel along with a woman in her 70s, but later died. About 10 other people suffered minor injuries and were treated on board.
As howling winds and further downpours battered Britain and killed three people, 32 diners were rescued from a beachfront restaurant after it was pelted by storm-blown shingle and flooded.
Newhaven lighthouse is battered by waves as high winds from the latest winter storm continues
Rough seas pound Brighton Marina, on England’s south coast, as more than 140,000 homes are without power following the violent storms
Huge waves engulf Newhaven harbour. Two people have died in the last day during the storms which have pounded the country
The Environment Agency and emergency services have battled to cope with worst winter storms in living memory. Coastal towns like Southsea, Hampshire, (today) have been engulfed by huge waves
One man risked his life by standing on a jetty in Old Portsmouth in Southsea, Hampshire, as the waves surged over the walls and flooded the coast
Large waves smash against the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex
One man died on the cruise liner ‘Marco Polo’ when a huge freak wave crashed through a window
The weather has also claimed three other lives. A woman died after falling masonry crushed the roof of her car, and a young pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed as they drove through atrocious weather conditions in South Wales.
Police in Scotland are also probing whether a mother-of-two may have frozen to death after being locked outside her house.
The woman, 20, and her boyfriend were travelling on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road when they collided with another car at 11pm on Friday night.
Firemen and paramedics freed the woman from the wreckage and she was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, but doctors were unable to save her and her unborn baby.
Minicab driver Julie Silltoe, 49, died after a chunk of masonry fell from a building and crushed the roof of the car she was in, in Holborn, central London.
Avril Ramsay, 48, was spotted lying in her garden in Edinburgh by a neighbour but she died in the street shortly after paramedics arrived on Thursday morning.
The weather was so devastating it ripped up roads and demolished buildings. Norman Cook, the DJ known as Fatboy Slim, had to rescue the remains of his decking which was ripped from his home during the storm and dragged on to Hove seafront.
And forecasters have warned for another 2.5cm of rainfall today and plummeting temperatures as the winds and rain finally ease off in time for Sunday.
Norman Cook, the DJ known as Fatboy Slim, had to rescue the remains of his decking which was ripped from his home and dragged on to Hove seafront
Soldiers are putting up a dam in Staines to redirect water away from housing into fields
Soldiers from 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and The Gurkhas installing Geodesign flood barriers in Staines, which have been brought in from Sweden to help control flood waters
Environment agency staff move a pipe to help manage the flooding situation in Chertsey, southern England. Agencies and emergency services have been inundated with calls for help
Dutch engineers install the remaining pumps at Dunball near Bridgewater in Somerset to help clear the Somerset Levels of the flood water
These particular pumps are being used to pump the water out of the King Sedgemoor Drain and into the River Parrett
The Met Office said that winds reached speeds of 80mph in The Mumbles, south Wales and the Isle of Portland, off Dorset, last night, while across southern parts of England, winds reached 65-75mph.
But there will be some respite, as winds and rain are forecast to ease off. The wettest place in Britain last night was Capel Curig, Wales, which was hit with 54.2mm rain, while the rest of flooded England suffered between 20 and 30mm of rain.
A Met Office forecaster predicted clearer skies for tonight, which will cause temperatures dropping to -2C, meaning thousands will wake up to icy conditions on Sunday morning.
But by the afternoon, there will be spells of sunshine, with temperatures reaching up to 10C. From Tuesday, prolonged dry spells will finally appear, after weeks of rain and storms.
Speaking during a visit to flood-hit Chertsey in Surrey, Prime Minister David Cameron said the relief effort in the next 24 hours would be ‘vital’ as river levels were set to rise again.
He told Sky News: ‘This is a vast national effort where we’re bringing all the resources of our country together. What we do in the next 24 hours is vital because tragically the river levels will rise again so every sandbag delivered, every house helped, every flood barrier put in place can make a big difference.
‘Tragically these weather events have been hitting community and after community and doing that week after week.’
The approaching calm weather comes after two people were killed in the last day. A cruise ship passenger died after 80mph winds whipped up freak waves in the English Channel and a woman was killed when part of a building collapsed on to a car in central London.
The Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), was heading for its home port of Tilbury, Essex, when it was pummelled by the sto
Beach huts lie shattered and twisted after gale force winds broke down a retaining wall at Hove during storms that lashed the south coast
The Army load one tonne bags of aggregate into the river Itchen upstream from Winchester in an attempt to partially dam the river
The Environment Agency said it expects levels on slow responding rivers like the Thames, like the Severn, to stay high for a number of days to come
The Army has been drafted in to help build flood defences in Burghfield, Berkshire in a bid to ward off yet more flooding
At least something good has come out of it! As the rain clears and the sky brightens, a double rainbow appeared over Frating, Essex
Water crashed through a window injuring a number of the 735 passengers, who are mainly British. Apart from the two victims who were airlifted off, a number of passengers received minor injuries and were treated on board.
The vessel, which has been to the Amazon in South America and to the West Indies during its 42-day journey, is due to dock at Tilbury in the early hours of tomorrow.
The company said: ‘CMV regrets to advise that earlier today their cruise ship m/s Marco Polo, en-route to her home port of Tilbury from the Azores, was hit by a freak wave during adverse sea conditions in the south western approaches of the English Channel.
‘One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance. Our thoughts are very much with these passengers and their families during this difficult time.’
A minicab driver has died and a man has been taken to hospital after a building fell on a car in Holborn, central London, the Metropolitan Police said today.
Her passengers, a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, are currently being treated in hospital.
Diners had to be rescued from a seaside cafe after the restaurant was overcome by a strong tidal surge and high winds. Cars parked outside were wrecked after they were washed away
The restaurant windows were shattered and the interior badly damaged by flood water and stones and debris blown up by the high winds on the beach
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