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At least three killed in winter storms in Great Britain

Jan. 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM   |   Comments

PLYMOUTH, England, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- At least three deaths have been blamed on heavy rains, high winds and flooding in Britain this week, and more bad weather is on the way, authorities said.

A 27-year-old man from Surrey died after being swept to sea at a beach in Cornwall Tuesday night, and a woman who was swept away before being rescued at sea Tuesday was pronounced dead at a hospital. A man and his dog were found dead, apparently due to fumes from a heater on a boat where they had taken refuge in Oxfordshire.

Rescue crew were searching for a teenager who had gone to a beach Friday to take pictures of the storm.

Britain's the Daily Telegraph said police were able to pull a man to safety after he decided to take a swim early Saturday on a beach in northern Cornwall.

The 3 a.m. rescue was made as much of Britain was buffeted heavy weather that caused flooding and delays, and made beaches and coastal waters particularly treacherous.

The Environment Agency has posted nearly 350 flood warnings and flood alerts, with more than inch of rain forecast for some areas Saturday and again Sunday -- and winds as high as 50 mph expected to produce storm surges. Portions of Scotland, the Borders, Cumbria and Northumberland are likely to get snow and sleet Sunday.

Strong winds and high water are expected along hundreds of miles of the British coast.

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