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Storm Franklin named third storm of the WEEK with 80mph blasts through UK with flood warning as homes STILL don’t have electricity

The BRITS are grappling with weather misery as the third named storm in just a WEEK hits the country at 80mph – days after killer Storm Eunice.

Hurricane Franklin will bring “severe and damaging gusts” across Northern Ireland until 9am tomorrow, with an amber warning in place.

Britons face worse weather after Cyclone Eunice tore roofs from buildings and uprooted trees on Friday

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Britons face worse weather after Cyclone Eunice tore roofs from buildings and uprooted trees on FridayCredit: Solent
Cars stuck amid coastal flooding as killer storm hits

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Cars stuck amid coastal flooding as killer storm hitsCredit: Avalon.red
Sven Good, 23, looks out from his bedroom window at the damage done to the family home in Stondon Massey, near Brentwood, Essex after a 400-year-old oak tree fell.

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Sven Good, 23, looks out from his bedroom window at the damage done to the family home in Stondon Massey, near Brentwood, Essex after a 400-year-old oak tree fell.Credit: PA

Meanwhile, more than 40,000 homes are still without electricity after worst winter weather in a generation killed four people on Friday.

Met Office released Weather warnings for today and tomorrowwith millions of people facing woes from high winds as they head to work on Monday.

Forecasters say the explosions will cause more power cutsShipping delay and damage.

Sunday’s warnings cover Wales and most of England from midday to 3pm, and North West and Northern Ireland from midday until midnight.

Identical wind warnings were issued on Monday.

A yellow rain warning, meaning “there is a chance homes and businesses could be flooded”, was also in place for Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire from midnight to 6pm on Sunday.

The Energy Networks Association said it believes the UK may have experienced a record blackout in a 24-hour period on Friday, with around 1.3 million homes affected.

Power supplier Western Power Distribution (WPD) confirmed the blackouts were the most widespread ever recorded for south-west England.

“Since it first hit, Hurricane Eunice has officially caused the highest number of power outages in a 24-hour period our Southwest region has ever experienced,” the company said.

“Our engineers are continuing to work tirelessly to restore supplies to customers despite the dire conditions.”

STORM KILLER

At the height of the storm, The roof of the O2 Arena in London was damaged – causing rapper Dave’s upcoming concerts to be postponed – and the spire of St Thomas’ Church in Wells, Somerset, to the ground.

On Saturday, northern England faced blizzards and those on the south coast suffered more gusts of wind.

Meteorologists have warned Sunday that gales of up to 70mph could be seen in some parts of England.

It was the same speed recorded at Heathrow Airport on Friday when thousands of planes were struggling to land Big Jet TV YouTube channel.

The Met Office’s Greg Dewhurst said today would be “another windy day across the UK”.

“This will have an impact on the clearing process during the day,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the weather was wetter and windier than expected this weekend, but not on the same scale as Hurricane Eunice,” said Aidan McGivern of the service.

“The strong winds came later on Sunday.

“There is risk for northern parts of the country – northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland – with gusts of 50 to 60 mph inland and 70 to 80 mph around the coasts and exposed hill.”

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The Association of British Insurers points out that the cleanup could cost more than £300 million.

A spokesman said: “No two storms are alike.

“The last major storms to hit the UK – Ciara and Dennis – cost insurers more than £360m.”

National Railways has warned there is still “major disruption” to train services “across most of the UK”.

Tragically, Three Britons and one Irishman are believed to have been killed on Friday.

A woman in her thirties, a passenger in a car, died in Haringey, London when a tree falls on the car.

A man in his 30s behind the wheel was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

In Hampshire, A man in his 20s was killed and a second man was seriously injured when a 10-foot tree fell in the market town of Alton.

A man in his 50s was killed when debris pierced the windshield of a car in Merseyside.

And a man in his 60s died in Co Wexford when he was crushed by a tree while clearing debris.

In another development, three people were taken to hospital – one seriously – after a tree fell on a car in Wiltshire, while two others were injured in a balcony collapse in London.

The 122mph gales of the storm are thought to be highest ever recorded in the UK.

York has been particularly hard hit by flooding after Ouse broke its banks

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York has been particularly hard hit by flooding after Ouse broke its banksCredit: LNP
Heavy snow also fell in York - although it didn't stop partygoers from going out at night

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Heavy snow also fell in York – although it didn’t stop partygoers from going out at nightCredit: PA
More travel chaos is forecast in the coming days after a tree falls on the train tracks

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More travel chaos is forecast in the coming days after a tree falls on the train tracksCredit: Reuters
Four people die in worst winter storm in a generation

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Four people die in worst winter storm in a generationCredit: LNP
The roof was ripped from the O2 house in London during violent gala dinners

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The roof was ripped from the O2 house in London during violent gala dinnersCredit: Reuters

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Bobby Allyn

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