UK floods: Transport delays and power cuts continue

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UK floods: Transport delays and power cuts continue

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Several key transport routes in the UK remain blocked following a day of severe storms.

The two rail routes from England to Scotland are still severely disrupted due to landslides and fallen trees. Some passengers endured a 15-hour journey from London to Scotland because of the severity of the floods.

In Shropshire, a man died after being swept away by floodwater, while in the city of Newcastle heavy storms forced the closure of the underground network and a key motorway tunnel.

In the East Midlands, a relay team carrying the Olympic Torch on part of its journey to the London 2012 games had to transfer to waiting vehicles to prevent the torch going out.

Elsewhere in Britain and Ireland, thousands of people remain without power. Forecasters say the storms wrapped up what will likely be one of the wettest Junes on record.