A woman in her 60s has tragically died after a tree fell on her car – as gales sweep across the UK.
Police were called at 8.41am this morning to reports that her Ford B-Max had been struck in Wimborne, Dorset.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene on Verwood Road.
Her next of kin have been informed.
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Police are now asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Sergeant Lee Savage, of the Dorset Police traffic unit, said: "We have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this difficult time.
"To assist with my investigation, I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the relevant time and either witnessed the collision or captured any of the incident on dashcam to please contact Dorset Police.
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"I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures are in place. These are absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to safely respond to the incident."
At the time of the incident, severe weather conditions were sweeping across the country – with heavy rain showers and high winds.
Gusts of more than 100mph have hit parts of the UK, leaving cars damaged and triggering travel chaos.
Ferry services between Dover and Calais were suspended as ships were unable to continue into the port because of high winds.
Fallen trees also blocked a train line between Woking and Weymouth, leading to cancellations and delays.
Motorway speed limits were also put in place due to the wind.
The Met Office expects more bad weather for the rest of the weekend.
It stated: "Further rain across northern and particularly northeastern Scotland areas, as well as in Wales, whilst blustery showers affect other southern areas.
"Best conditions over Northern Ireland and northwest England with a few fog patches possible."
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