5:06pm Sunday 29th April 2012
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Rain and wind continued to wreak havoc across the country, with southern parts of the UK taking the brunt of the bad weather.
Southwest England and Wales were battered by gusts of up to 71mph in one area, while other parts of the country continued to suffer from strong winds and further downpours.
Around 10,000 homes were left without power in South Wales and the West Midlands, as well as 2,000 in the South West, Western Power said.
The outages were caused by weather-related problems, such as trees bringing lines down, trees leaning on lines, or debris hitting power lines, a spokeswoman said, and said they are working anywhere from four to 10 times their normal fault investigation rate.
Cardiff Council received reports of 50 to 60 trees brought down by the weather across the city and set up an emergency response centre to co-ordinate their operation, a spokeswoman said. The M48 Severn Bridge was also closed in both directions to high-sided vehicles because of strong winds.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was "busy" throughout the night across both counties with numerous calls reporting trees and electrical cables either down in the road or affecting people's properties.
High winds across Devon resulted in treacherous driving conditions with surface water and other debris, including a large green road sign blown onto the carriageway of the A38 at Chudleigh Knighton.
Over 24 hours police in Gloucestershire received more than 60 reports of trees down and localised flooding, and officers were called to help with a large tree that came down on the A417 near Cirencester.
In Dorset, high winds and lashing rain affected not only people, but animals too, with Dartmoor Zoo closing "for the reasons of safety and animal welfare". And Essex Police said a section of the A12 near Chelmsford was closed amid concerns that two crashes were due to flooding.
The latest downpours come at the end of a particularly wet week for England and Wales, in which 42mm (1.7in) of rain fell in the South East and 55mm (2.2in) in the South West, which has now had 166% of the average rainfall for April.
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