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Last Updated: Thursday January 11 2007 13:42 GMT

Severe wind and rain hit the UK

The wind whipped up the sea in Scarborough

High winds and floods brought chaos to parts of the UK on Wednesday.

Several rivers burst their banks and winds of up to 80mph forced roads to close because weather conditions made it too dangerous to drive down them.

In Wales, 80,000 homes have been left without electricity and a number of schools there have been forced to close because of weather damage.

Weather experts say the storms will continue through Thursday and there may be more to come on Friday too.

In Llandudno, Conwy, in Wales, very strong winds blew the roof off a supermarket, while in the West Midlands two cars were destroyed when they were hit by a falling tree.

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Floods in Gloucestershire
Floods in Gloucestershire

In Aberdare, Cwmdare Primary School was supposed to reopen on Thursday, but after its roof was damaged in gales it will now stay closed until Monday.

Lots of trains across the UK were also cancelled because of trees falling on the lines.

Although the weather is set to improve, experts say more wind and rain is expected on Friday.