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St Jude storm batters Somerset
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- Western Power said across the South West some 7,000 homes were without power overnight, including Crewkerne - but that number had reduced to 2,000 by 6am today.
- The storm is said to be the worst of the year so far, with wind gusting over 80mph. A gust of 68mph was recorded at Yeovilton at 4.50am.
- The force of the storm is expected to peak during rush hour, with winds dying down by midday.
- Met Office says the storm - named St Jude after the patron saint of depression and lost causes, whose feast day is today (Monday) - was not one "you would see every year".
Bridgwater resident Hayley Frost said: "I don't know why everyone is asking where the storm was....admittedly, I was expecting thunder and lightening....but I did have our 10ft trampoline being thrown around the garden and lights flickering all night."
Western Power say 500 homes still without power; mainly in the Taunton & Crewkerne area.— @bbcsomerset 28 October 2013
This photo shows a gushing River Tone in French Weir Park, Taunton, this morning.
It was sent in by reader Glyn Parry.
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SOMERSET Waste Partnership has said fallen trees and localised flooding following the storm may mean delayed or missed collections today (October 28), with possible knock-on effects on Tuesday.
If collections are missed, the crews will return as soon as possible to catch up, so containers should be put out by 7am for up to the next three days for recycling or up to five days for refuse.
A spokesman said: “Crews cannot collect materials already blown out of containers, so residents should try to prevent littering and report serious problems to their district council customer services.
“If residents are concerned by a weather forecast and have space, they may wish to store recyclables or refuse until their next scheduled collection, or take them to any recycling site.”
All recycling sites are expected to be open as usual today (Monday) 8am to 7pm – for more information about materials, charges and entry fees, check www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/.
Part of the A30 between Crewkerne and Yeovil is closed due to two fallen trees.
Yes,#Taunton in Somerset was hit by the Storm. We only had the winds so I don't think any real damage has been done.— @MrMedia01 28 October 2013
Taunton seems to have got off lightly in the storm, a few trees down— @JohnMorrod 28 October 2013
@theemmabritton SO Far the Willow man is standing up to the storm well and the M5 looks to be flowing ok! Mike on Kings Down Bridgwater— @mike_senior361 28 October 2013
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Somerset County Council is updating a full list of incidents across the county this morning.
People are being asked to report any blocked roads or fallen trees on 0845 345 9155.
Head of highways Geoff Dight said: "I appeal to motorists to drive carefully if they have to be on the roads, there is a huge amount of debris and people need to be extremely cautious."
This morning the EA has issued an amber flood alert for the River Yeo and River Parrett, Lower Reaches.
A spokesman said: "The persistent band of rainfall which passed through overnight brought widespread rainfall totals of between 15 and 30mm, with maximum totals of up to 35mm in isolated areas.
"Scattered showers are forecast throughout today, Monday, October 28, but the largest amounts of rain have now passed.
"The ground remains saturated following the rainfall experienced during the last few days and rivers have responded overnight.
"Possible high winds during this morning may bring an increased risk of flooding where drainage channels become blocked due to wind blown debris.
"River levels on the Cannington Brook at Cannington and River Yeo at Pen Mill and Ilchester continue to rise.
"River levels on the River Parrett at Langport Westover are stable. The drain level at Langport Westover pumping station is 6.1 m. The drain level at Huish Episcopi pumping station is 6.35 m. Both drain levels are stable."
Last night (Sunday), the Environment Agency said of the Lower Tone and Parrett Moors: "High winds will bring an increased risk of flooding where drainage channels become blocked due to wind blown debris.
"The River Tone at Currymoor is forecast to rise. Water will enter Currymoor reservoir via Hookbridge spillway whilst this level exceeds 7.37 m. The drain level at Currymoor pumping station is 4.46 m and stable.
"Flooding will affect Cuts Road and New Road in Currymoor when this level exceeds 5.75 m. Property flooding is possible when this level exceeds 6.60 m.
"The drain level at Northmoor pumping station is 3.32 m and stable. There is a risk of flooding to property and roads in Northmoor when this level exceeds 4.20 m."
All trees have been cleared from the roads in North East Somerset
The Environment Agency has 41 flood alerts and 15 flood warnings active for the South West this morning.
An amber wind warning remains in place for the South West this morning.
A Met Office spokesman said: "A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across England and Wales early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell for southern parts of the UK.
"At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding, while the winds will lead to some very large waves around our coasts.
"The public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies. The public should also consider adjusting travel plans."
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South West Trains have advised people not to travel today (Monday) with most services not running until at least 8am to allow Network Rail to check the lines. A reduced timetable will be in operation, with some trains limited to speeds of 50mph.
Storm is believed to have started at around 11pm in South West, with gusts getting stronger during the night and howling during the early hours.
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