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More storms expected to hit south

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Warnings have been issued as storms that battered Scotland are expected to move south.

The Met Office said that strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday could cause disruption in areas exposed to the elements in the south of the UK.

Forecasters had issued a yellow weather warning for most of England and expected south-east to be hit hard.

According to them, rain could turn persistent and heavy, bringing the risk of surface water flooding over south-west England and Wales.

Stormy and windy conditions could continue throughout the week, with the possibility of "severe gales" or storm-force winds across Northern Ireland and the southern half of Britain.

Although warnings are being issued for stormy conditions for next few days in the country, forecasters have said that it will not be as severe as experienced by Scotland on Thursday.

With the threat of stormy weather and floods looming large, property owners face the prospect of having to turn to their home insurance provider if their properties are affected.

Gusts of up to 165mph affected Scotland and northern England last week, creating havoc, bringing down trees and power lines, causing disruption to roads and closing schools.

Efforts are being made to restore power to hundreds of homes in Scotland, as freezing temperatures hit the country.

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