Last Updated: Friday, January 16, 2015

Man dies as storm hits UK – 50 flood warnings issued

A man died after the heavy storms hit across the UK and led to more than 50 flood warnings being issued in much of southern England and Scotland.

The man died when a tree fell on his van on the Hillsborough Road near Lisburn in Co Antrim, The Guardian reported quoting the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The river Tone in Somerset burst its banks outside Taunton blocking dozens of lanes. Heavy rainfall also caused flooding at Hinton Admiral, in Dorset, blocking the rail line towards London.

More than 100 schools have been closed in the Highlands and Islands, Perthshire and Northern Ireland due to the weather.

According to The Northern Ireland Electricity, around 5,000 homes have been left without power.

The Environment Agency has issued 32 flood warnings in England and Wales, and 149 flood alerts. While a further 21 flood warnings have been issued in Scotland.

The YouTube video below by Scot Rail shows large waves at Saltcoats, disrupting ScotRail services.

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