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Sat Aug 29 20:59:13 SAST 2015

Storms batter southern UK; 1 person killed

Sapa-AP | 25 November, 2012 13:40
Diana Mallows, 90, is rescued by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service after being stranded due to flooding at her home for four days, at North Curry near Taunton southwest England November 24, 2012.
Image by: LUKE MACGREGOR / Reuters

Rainstorms and floods have hit southern England, killing one person and injuring two.

The three casualties occurred when a large spruce tree collapsed in Exeter, near the southwestern coast, late Saturday. A 21-year-old woman was in a small tent when the tree fell on it, police said. She later died at a hospital.

In nearby Cornwall, people had to briefly evacuate their homes as flood waters and torrential rain battered villages.

Major highways and roads in the southwest were closed due to the flooding and several train services were canceled.

Officials said the situation was stabilizing there, but weather forecasters said persistent rain would continue in the north of England and Scotland on Sunday.

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