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40,000 homes left without power as storm batters western France

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Around 40,000 homes in the region of Brittany in western France have lost power due to winter storm Carmen, which is battering the Atlantic coast with winds of over 100kph. Enedis, the French power grid company, said it has dispatched 1,500 staff to restore electricity. The storm is now moving to other regions, and 40 departments across western France have been put on orange alert.
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Cornwall on flood alert from Storm Dylan as heavy rain swells rivers

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Flood alerts have been issued across Cornwall as Storm Dylan brings heavy rain throughout Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.
Prolonged rainfall means the levels of rivers in Cornwall have risen so significantly, leading to concerns of localised flooding.
Police are also urging motorists to slow down in the face of standing water on many main roads. Drivers are also reminded not to drive into flood water without knowing its depth.
The alerts, issued by the Environment Agency on Saturday evening, read: “Flooding is possible from late on Saturday evening and through Sunday morning due to prolonged heavy rainfall which is expected to cause river levels to rise in the area. At present the expected river levels suggest that primarily there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads.
“Further showers, some of which may be heavy, are then expected throughout Sunday and into New Year’s Day. River levels are therefore likely to remain high throughout this period.
“Please take care in the area and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.”
The forecast is for up to two inches of rain to fall on Cornwall throughout the weekend. A yellow warning for heavy rain and flood remains across the south west as the UK continues to be battered by Storm Dylan.
The Met Office said: “Heavy rain is expected across much of southeast Wales, southwest England and parts of central and southern England from Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning.
“Bus and train services will probably be affected along with spray and flooding on some roads making journey times longer. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is also possible.”
For Sunday, the forecast is for early rain, heavy at times, will gradually clear to the east. It will leave a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers, with gales in places. However it will fell warm, with temperatures forecast around 11 degrees centigrade.
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UK Weather WARNING: Storm Dylan To SMASH Into UK On New Year’s Eve With 80mph WINDS

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Britain is on alert for a chaotic New Year as Storm Dylan is forecast to hit the UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning. 
The Met Office issued six severe weather warnings of which an amber, the second most serious alert, for snow in parts of northern England, four yellow snow and ice warnings and one yellow warning for wind.
The Met Office said: “Some very strong winds are possible across Northern Ireland and then southern Scotland on New Year’s Eve.
“There is a small chance of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, with the potential for injuries and danger to life from flying debris. 
“Large waves and beach material being thrown into coastal areas could also be a hazard.”
Emma Sharples, a forecaster for the UK Met Office, said: “Met Eireann has now named Storm Dylan which will affect Ireland and then northern Britain on Saturday night and through Sunday.
“It is looking very unsettled over the next few days with several low-pressure systems coming in off the Atlantic. 
“Friday night will see a band of rain pass through England and Wales and later Scotland with another system on Saturday night giving rise to the fourth named storm of the season.
“It will remain unsettled through next week with more rain and strong winds in the forecast.”
BBC Weather, on behalf of the Met Office, issued a yellow warning of ice for the Greater London area.
Dylan will be the seventh storm of the year, following the three named storms Aileen, Brian and Caroline.
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Ireland braces itself for Storm Dylan as rain, sleet, thunder and 120kph winds as 2017 goes out with a bang

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If you were hoping for a peaceful end to 2017 weather, you’ll be disappointed.
The closing days of the year are set to be a miserable, stormy washout of winds, thunder, sleet and rain.
And this morning, Met Eireann issued fresh weather warnings to pile on the misery – including an Orange alert for Storm Dylan, which is set to crash into us on Saturday night.
The forecaster said the wind warning applies to Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath.
Dylan will bring the severe gusts on Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
Its expected track is northeastwards through Donegal Bay and up along the north-Ulster coast. The biggest impact from the storm will be across Connacht and Ulster where mean winds will reach speeds of 60-80kph with gusts of up to 120kph.
The warning is valid from 9pm on Saturday to 6am on Sunday.
Forecasters have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning – which is less severe – for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Offaly.
Southwest winds from Storm Dylan will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65kph with gusts up to 100 kph on Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
The warning is valid for the same times as the Orange alert.
A third wind warning remains in place until 1pm on Friday for South Wexford, Galway, north Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and south Waterford.
And it’s not only on land where people will have to keep a close eye on the weather.
A Status Yellow gale warning is in place for west to southwest winds reaching gale force this afternoon on Irish coastal waters from Erris Head to Belfast Lough to Carnsore Point and on the Irish Sea.
And a Yellow warning remains in place for small craft: south to southeast winds will reach force 6 for a time on coasts from Malin Head to Fair Head to Belfast Lough.
Back on land, heavy or thundery showers hit the west this morning, spreading eastwards with fresh to strong, gusty westerly winds. Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C.
Tonight will start off mainly dry with clear spells and frost developing in Leinster, Ulster and north Connacht.
Rain and sleet will spread northeastwards and will turn to snow for a time, mainly over the northern half of the country. It will clear overnight.
Following Storm Dylan, on Sunday winds will ease. It will be cool and breezy with sunshine and showers. Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C with moderate west to southwest breezes.
On Sunday night, ground frost will develop in places. New Year’s Day will bring a mix of sunshine and showers.
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Severe Thunderstorm Causes Flooding In Plymouth, UK

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Parts of Plymouth are flooded this morning after a huge thunderstorm woke the city -and the fire service has asked the council to clear out drains
Parts of Stuart Road are completely submerged, with water stretching across the width of the road, from pavement.
Benjamin Barton sent in the above video of the scene in Stuart Road he was confronted with, as he made his way home from work in Plymstock.
And a basement flat in Plymouth was flooded during this morning’s thunderstorm.
At 6.17am, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting flooding at a property in Lisson Grove, Mutley.
Fire Control immediately mobilised one fire appliance from Greenbank to attend this incident.
On arrival the officer in charge confirmed one basement flat was flooded due to external weather conditions and blocked drains. Crews made steady progress using small tools.
The officer in charge requested Plymouth City Council to attend to clear out drains.
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Buildings damaged, thousands remain without power after severe storms hit Victoria, Australia

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The State Emergency Service (SES) said they had received hundreds of calls for assistance after storms brewed on yesterday afternoon.
A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, heavy rain and large hailstones remains current for much of the state.
More than 30,000 homes properties are still without power, down from about 100,000 around the state last night.
Power was also out in parts of suburban Melbourne but the impact was far less significant.
The weather bureau’s Dean Stewart said Melbourne received 20 millimetres of rain within 15 minutes, causing flash flooding in many suburbs.
“The highest wind gust in the state was up at Kilmore Gap to the north of Melbourne — 117 kilometre per hour — but a lot of towns reported gusts over 100kph, [followed by] Wangaratta with 113kph, Bendigo 111kph, Mangalore 107kph, Laverton 98kph,” he said.
A house missing roof at Merbein, in Victoria's north-west, after a severe storm passed through.
PHOTO: The roof was torn off one house at Merbein. (Supplied: Leonie Dam)
A fierce storm battered Mildura and parts of Victoria’s north-west as a cool change brought strong winds and a dramatic temperature drop to Melbourne.
More than 100 calls for assistance were made to the State Emergency Service (SES) in Mildura alone, stretching the town’s resources and leading for a request for back-up from CFA volunteers.
Wind gusts of 89 kilometres per hour were also recorded in Mildura and a number of buildings were damaged in the area, including at Merbein and Irymple.
One house in Merbein lost its roof, while grape vines were blown over at Curlwaa.
Large hail fell in eastern suburbs, including Mitcham and Narre Warren. A number of suburbs also experienced flash flooding.
Trams in the city were interrupted by flash flooding and lanes were closed on CityLink, while some metropolitan and regional train services were also delayed.
A woman holds large hail stones in her hand.
PHOTO: A number of suburbs across Melbourne experienced large hail. (Twitter: Jenna Blyth)
Shops at Highpoint, one of Melbourne’s busiest shopping centres, were flooded.
Swan Hill reached 41 degrees Celsius, while Mildura hit 39 degrees as the north-west of the state sweltered through hot and humid conditions.
Melbourne sweltered through a hot night, falling to just 24 degrees at 12:38am, and reached a maximum of 37 degrees just before 3:30pm.
But when the cool change hit the CBD about an hour later, the temperature fell 12 degrees in 10 minutes.
Very dangerous winds could hit Western Port, the Mornington Peninsula and parts of Port Phillip, with possible winds of over 125 kilometres per hour.
Residents in Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, said the suburb had experienced very strong wind gusts, while buildings have been damaged in Tarneit.
There are reports of a number of trees down across the state.
A number of shops are flooded at Highpoint Shopping Centre, in Melbourne's west.
PHOTO: A number of shops were flooded at Highpoint shopping centre. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)
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