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Storms in Southwest England Leave 9,680 Properties in Dark

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Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Strong winds and heavy rain in southwest England left 9,680 homes and businesses without power and curtailed air and rail services.

Electricity has been restored to households in South Wales and the East and West Midlands, Eirene Evans, a spokeswoman for Western Power Distribution, said by telephone from Bristol.

England and Wales are taking a further battering after storms in December closed rail lines, halted ferry sailings and canceled flights. Britain’s Met Office has issued amber weather warnings in London, southeast and southwest England, and Wales.

The government’s Environment Agency also published nine severe flood warnings for the southwest, indicating a potential danger to life. That’s up from seven warnings earlier today.

The poor weather has disrupted rail services in the same region, National Rail said on its website, citing “flooding, landslips and obstructions” on the line. Flights from Bristol were also affected, according to the local airport’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nidaa Bakhsh in London at nbakhsh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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