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Last Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007, 12:27 GMT
Deadly storms claim tenth victim
A fallen tree is chopped up in Eaton Square, London
Fallen trees were being cleared across England on Friday
A tenth person has died following the storms that left a trail of destruction across England.

A man has died in hospital after being injured by a falling petrol station canopy in Lancashire.

Commuters face further problems after winds of up to 99mph brought down trees, masonry and overhead power lines on Thursday.

Rail companies are operating reduced services as debris is cleared and thousands of homes are without power.

Further strong winds and rain are predicted and there are flood warnings in most regions.

The tenth person to die was a 58-year-old from Essex.

He was injured when the wind ripped off a filling station roof at Bamber Bridge in Lancashire.

Flying debris

He died overnight at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The other people who died included a two-year-old boy crushed by a fallen wall in London, a man blown against metal shutters in Manchester and the managing director of Birmingham International Airport who died when a tree branch pierced his car windscreen.

MSC Napoli - Picture: AFP/Getty Images

A number of people were also injured by flying debris, falling branches and in road accidents caused by the weather.

Police forces around England were also investigating whether several other deaths, including victims of road accidents and people who had heart attacks while out in strong winds, could be attributed to the storms.

The storms stopped ferries operating and the crew of a large container ship had to be rescued after the vessel became holed in the English Channel south of Lizard, Cornwall.

The 62,000-tonne MSC Napoli, which is carrying containers of pesticide, was being towed to safety by tugs on Friday afternoon.

Rail firm GNER said it would be operating reduced services on the East Coast Main Line early on Friday but hopes to resume normal services later.

GNER spokesman Alan Hyde said: "We have been working hard to ensure that our trains and crews are in the right places to run as normal a service as possible."

Virgin is operating an emergency timetable on the West Coast Main Line.

Schools closed

Eurostar restarted its services on Friday. A spokesman said trains were full because many passengers had had to postpone their travel plans on Thursday.

BA cancelled 34 flights on Friday because crews and aircraft were in the wrong places following Thursday's disruption.

Eighty flights into Manchester Airport were cancelled or diverted to other airports on Thursday, but conditions were much improved on Friday. Gatwick and Stansted airports both said services were operating normally.

Trees on railway line, north London. Pic Paul Wood
Trees have fallen across many railway lines. Picture by Paul Wood.

A Highways Agency spokesman said there were no major problems on the roads on Friday morning - on Thursday several motorways had been closed because of accidents or fears vehicles would be blown over by high winds.

Many schools were closed on Friday because of damage to buildings or because of power cuts.

Thousands of homes have had electricity supplies restored but tens of thousands across England remain cut off.

Nearly 16,500 properties across the West Midlands were still without power on Friday morning after the high winds caused outages around the region.

United Utilities said major issues which had left thousands of properties in the North without power had been resolved with the majority having their power restored.

Most electricity supply firms hoped to restore power by the end of Friday.

Continuing bad weather is still causing travel problems - a 40mph speed limit is in operation on the M48 old Severn bridge because of high winds.

By 1200 GMT the Environment Agency had reduced the number of flood warnings across England from 15 to seven.




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