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Weather: Flood warnings as Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coast

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An amber weather warning for wind covering most of England, Wales and southern Scotland is expected to remain in place until around 6pm tonight, with gusts of 60mph to 70mph likely.

Almost 200 flood alerts and warnings were issued by the Environment Agency, with many in coastal areas such as Cornwall where sea walls collapsed in Bude and Portreath and dozens of homes were flooded.

The Severn River Crossing and the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk were closed in the early hours due to strong winds.

"An amber weather warning for wind was issued by the Met Office valid from 7.30pm on January 2 to 4am on January 3".

A lightening strike left hundreds of homes in the Cratloe, Barefield, Corofin, Ennis, Broadford, Spanish Point and Miltown Malbay areas without power overnight and all but 88 have had power restored.

The unsafe conditions could lead to injuries and a danger of life, as materials and objects go flying.

Forecaster Kirsty Pendlebury said: "Storm Eleanor has now moved away into the North Sea". High tides and large waves means there is a risk of flooding, said the Environment Agency.

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The Met Office warned that although the worst of the storm had passed, strong winds at 45-50 miles per hour inland and greater than 60 miles per hour along the coasts were to be expected. "Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible".

The county is still reeling from the effects of heavy rain and winds of up to 100mph.

Parts of Galway city were hit by flooding.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet due to Storm Eleanor.

ESB teams have been working in hard conditions last night and this morning to restore power to 134,000 homes, farms and businesses who suffered loss of electricity during Storm Eleanor yesterday evening, predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan.

Storm Eleanor swept into France, Belgium and the Netherlands on Wednesday after tearing through England and Northern Ireland, cutting power to tens of thousands while forcing airports and train services to halt operations.

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