2,000 Homes and Businesses Without Power as Storm Callum Hits the UK

About 2,000 homes and businesses have lost power and some flood defences have failed as Storm Callum batters the UK.

Some coastal flood defences in Exmouth, Devon, have been breached and a yellow weather warning is in place for the west coast and north-east of England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland.

Wind speeds recorded in the Scilly Isles hit 76mph and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

In Northern Ireland, power has been lost to 500 properties.

The weather has caused the cancellation of a number of flights in Exeter, Bristol, Belfast City, the Isle of Man and Cardiff.

Western Power Distribution said about 1,080 properties were without electricity in Cornwall, while Electricity North West said 419 customers in Cumbria and Lancashire were affected.

A coach full of children had a narrow escape when a tree fell into the path of their school bus near St Agnes in Cornwall.

The driver, Alan Nielson, said it came down 10-15 seconds before they pulled on to the road.

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SOURCE: BBC News