UK storms: rail chaos and more homes evacuated – live updates
- Cameron pledges £100m to tackle floods
- More than 200 homes evacuated in Devon and Somerset
- Nine severe weather warnings in place for the south west
- Dawlish seawall washed away adding to rail chaos
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The government’s emergency committee has finished its meeting.
The Met Office has just released a warning of more stormy weather ahead, lasting into the weekend. It follows a similar warning by the Environment Agency earlier.
Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said:
The unsettled weather will continue over the coming days with heavy rain across the southern half of Britain on Thursday evening into Friday, and that will be quickly followed by another storm moving in early on Saturday.
This will bring the risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks.
BBC Somerset has posted audio of the police warning from a megaphone in a helicopter urging residents in three villages in the Somerset Levels to leave their homes.
One of the severe flood warnings, that relating to Lands End to Plymouth, has been removed, meaning that there are now eight in force.
Winds are continuing to strengthen and won’t die down until 9pm, according to one forecaster.
Patrick Hallgate, from Network Rail, told Sky News repairing the track at Dawlish represented “a significant engineering challenge”. The line is clearly not expected to be up and running for some time.
Guy Shrubsole, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, also criticised Cameron’s announcement. He said:
The Prime Minister may bluff and bluster about cuts in flood defences, but he can’t disguise his Government’s short-sighted and disastrous decisions.