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Children dodge waves on the seafront in Southsea

Winds of more than 80 mph battered Britain over the weekend, forcing people from their homes and causing mudslides, flooding and traffic accidents.

The Met Office issued severe gale warnings across large swathes of the country while the Environment Agency put 12 flood warnings in place.

Winds of 70 mph were recorded near Swansea Sunday morning, while ships reported even stronger gales of more than 80 mph close to the Scilly Isles off Cornwall. The storms also produced around 1.5 ins of rainfall over the weekend in the wettest places.

The worst-hit areas were South West England and Wales, where police warned residents to stay indoors and to keep off the roads for their own safety.

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