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Britain battered by wind and rain

High winds and heavy rain have battered England and Wales, while parts of Scotland could face blizzard conditions later as the unsettled weather continues.

One man had a miraculous escape when a tree smashed into his bedroom while he was asleep in Winchester, Hampshire.

Former ambassador Richard Wilkinson, 65, suffered only an ear injury despite the beech tree crushing his bedroom. Luckily his wife Angela, 52, was away as the tree crashed on to her side of the bed.

Speaking outside his badly damaged home after returning from hospital for treatment to a cut ear, Mr Wilkinson described events. "I was between sleeping and awake, listening to the storm outside when there was an enormous crash like the Eiffel Tower falling into the Crystal Palace.

"I felt a blow to the side of my head, there was blood in my ear and I knew what had happened.

"I was fortunate my daughter was quite untouched and I called out to her and she rang the fire brigade. Of course, it was still raining and I was in my pyjamas, so I had to borrow some of my son's clothes.

"It was a frightening moment but it finished quite quickly. I am very lucky - it could have been very much worse. I hope I'm insured."

The south of England and South Wales bore the brunt of the wind and rain on Monday night with up to 40mm falling in some areas in 12 hours.

The focus will now switch to Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland, where gusts of 80mph are expected.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of snow for eight regions of Scotland. Forecasters also warned of strong winds with gusts of up to 80mph possible across Argyll and Bute and winds of more than 60mph a possibility throughout the central belt.


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