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Storm Ellen begins hammering the UK and Ireland

Winds of up to 66mph have been recorded at Pembrey Sands in Wales as Storm Ellen hit Ireland and western parts of Britain, the Met Office said. Gusts up to 66mph were also recorded in Ireland at Finner, Met Eireann reported, while the Met Office said Ireland’s “exposed southern coasts” had experienced gusts of 89mph at Roches Point. Footage on social media showed strong winds and sparking power lines in Cobh in Ireland, while West Cork TD Holly Cairns shared video of flooding in Skibbereen. Earlier, people on camping holidays were warned trees could easily come down as parts of the UK braced for winds of more than 70mph to hit. First clip @HollyCairnsTD, second clip @DionB0, third clip @Padraig_WMC, fourth clip Fusion Interiors, fifth clip @jjbowlespub.

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