10 February 2014
Flooded homes along the River Thames are being evacuated and thousands more are at risk, with water levels expected to keep rising for the next 24 hours.
Homes, shops and businesses in the Berkshire village of Datchet are underwater and hundreds more along the lower River Thames, as far as Shepperton, are under threat, the Environment Agency says.
Several Thames gauges are showing their highest levels since being installed in the 1980s and 90s.
Fire crews, who have been rescuing people from their homes in Staines-upon-Thames, say they have never known waters so deep or a flood rescue operation on this scale.
On Monday night, Surrey Police said more than 150 people had been rescued from flooded homes in the previous 24 hours.
On its Twitter page, the ENA said: "Winds in excess of 100mph have blown trees & debris into powerlines causing significant damage and cutting power to around 130,000 customers."Electricity North West said about 10,000 customers were without power following the severe weather after "several thousand" had been reconnected earlier today.
In Northern Ireland, despite the atrocious weather, just 300 customers were off supply, according to Northern Ireland Electricity.
It said: "The winds did not reach the speeds predicted and have not caused the expected damage to the electricity network."