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Storm Aileen damage - Britain ravaged as 65mph winds spark chaos

Storm Aileen damageNORTH NEWS & PICSFarmer Jack Shepherd helps a stranded motorist in Wensleydale, N Yorks

Heavy rain fell across the country overnight, with Bainbridge in North Yorkshire seeing 35.4mm and Walney Island in Cumbria recording 27.8mm.

Aileen was the first storm of the season to be named by the Met Office and brought severe gales and heavy rain across northern and central England and Wales overnight.

Weather warnings were issued as many parts of England and Wales had gusts of 55mph to 65mph.

Motorists were stranded as roads around Wensleydale in North Yorkshire were left flooded after the River Ure burst its banks following the downpour.

Storm Aileen damageMENA car was crushed by a falling tree in East Yorkshire

Aileen’s fierce winds brought down trees and blocked roads in East Yorkshire and caused disruption on the transport network.

A couple were hurt when their car was destroyed by a falling tree near Driffield in Hull, East Yorkshire.

The male driver managed to get himself out of the vehicle but firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free his female passengers who was trapped in the wreckage.

Trees were also uprooted in Wales as winds of up to 74 mph were recorded.

Peak winds of 83mph were recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

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