Britain endured a day of fiercely stormy weather on Wednesday, exacerbating the suffering of those already affected by widespread flooding. On "Wild Wednesday," as it was dubbed, the sea battered coastal communities, trees came down, cars and trucks were blown over on roads and motorways, and one fatality was reported. The Met Office issued a rare red weather warning - the most severe level of threat - for "exceptionally strong winds" of up to 100mph.
The country is dealing with some of its wettest weather in 250 years. The Thames has risen to levels not seen since 1967. More than 50,000 people are without power, while Virgin Trains cancelled its service to northern England destinations, telling travelers in a terse tweet to abandon their travel plans. Politicians who put on wellington boots to head into flood-affected areas were castigated by residents who claimed their plight was being ignored by the authorities. Prime Minister David Cameron was criticized for saying money was "no object" when it came to clear-up efforts, after it was claimed government cuts would lead to the loss of 500 jobs in flood risk management.
Here, the wind in Manchester city centre, in north west England, which is amplified by down draft from The Beetham Tower was literally blowing people off their feet on Wednesday afternoon.