UK homes left without power for Christmas

HUNDREDS of thousands of Britons are grappling with a Christmas break without power after days of flooding rains and destructive winds lashed parts of Europe and killed at least six people.

One of those who died was a 46-year-old man who jumped into a river to rescue his dog.

The British Energy Network Association estimated 75,000 homes were without power, with many told not to expect electricity until the end of Boxing Day.

On Christmas morning, there were 126 flood warnings from Britain's Environment Agency, even as weather reports suggested the storms would begin to calm.

A return of widespread gales is expected for Britain on Friday.



Latest update: Traffic conditions on highway upgrade

Latest update: Traffic conditions on highway upgrade

Road work will cause traffic delays

Cold, wet, windy: Up to 200mm of rain expected this week

Cold, wet, windy: Up to 200mm of rain expected this week

Weather experts have flagged the possibility of an East Coast Low

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Police furious after catching 11 drink drivers in one week

One man was more than six times over the limit

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