First Storm Ciara death as driver, 58, is killed by falling tree in Hampshire

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A motorist has been killed after a tree fell on his car as Storm Ciara continued to batter the UK.

Winds of up to 97mph blasted Britain on Sunday, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.

And there is no respite from the severe weather, with weather warnings for wind, snow and ice being issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from the storm. 

Crews clear storm damage in Tilehurst, Reading . (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Crews clear storm damage in Tilehurst, Reading . (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

A police spokesman said an investigation was underway after a tree fell on the motorist’s car as he drove through Winchester, Hampshire, on Sunday.

The spokesman said: "The 58-year-old man, from Micheldever, was driving his Mercedes from Winchester to Micheldever when the tree fell just before 4pm."

The motorist has not been named but his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, the spokesman said.

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Storm Ciara pummeled the British coastline on Sunday with gusts of up to 97mph. (Cameron Smith/PA Images via Getty Images)
Storm Ciara pummeled the British coastline on Sunday with gusts of up to 97mph. (Cameron Smith/PA Images via Getty Images)

On Monday, as snow and icy conditions swept across Scotland, a 77-year-old man died after falling on ice and hitting his head. Emergency services were scrambled to the scene in Clydebank, West Dumbartonshire at around 11am on Monday after the pensioner fell over in icy conditions. 

More than 20,000 homes spent Sunday night without power – UK Power Networks reported more than 18,500 properties across the East and South East of England, while Western Power Distribution said more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.

More than 500 homes are believed to have been flooded during the storm, with the number expected to rise further, according to environment secretary Theresa Villiers. 

Blizzards and up to 20cm of snow are forecast in parts of the UK in the wake of the storm, and travel disruption is expected to continue.

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Yorkshire villages that were devastated by floods four years ago were submerged again this weekend despite a £30m investment in defences, prompting questions as to whether enough was being done to protect against extreme weather.

Parts of the West Yorkshire communities of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge were rendered inaccessible as the high winds and torrential rain of Storm Ciara swept across Britain.

Dozens of domestic and international flights were cancelled over the weekend, and a British Airways plane reportedly broke the record for the fastest passenger flight from New York to London because of winds from the storm.

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