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Britons warned over new 75mph winds

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Britons have been warned to brace themselves for winds of up to 75mph as bad weather continues to batter Britain.

Despite forecasts of a "brief respite" during the day, homeowners would be wise to check the finer details of their home insurance policies, as weather warnings were issued for much of the UK.

Twenty flood warnings have been issued across the UK by the Environment Agency, including 13 in the South West; three in the North East; three in the Midlands, and one in Wales.

North-west England, Yorkshire and Humber, much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been issued with "yellow" warnings for rain by the Met Office.

Meteogroup forecaster Billy Payne said: "There's going to be a brief respite this morning, but winds will pick up later in the day.

"There will be maximum gusts of 75mph, mainly in exposed parts of western Scotland. But even across northern England and eastern and central parts of Scotland we're looking at gusts of 65mph to 75mph in exposed places."

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