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A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in flood water as heavy rain continued to bring chaos to large parts of the country.

The victim's vehicle was wedged under a bridge near to a ford at Rectory Fields, in Chew Stoke, Somerset, at 8.50pm on Thursday.

Fire crews and police attended the scene and the man was found in the car and pronounced dead.

Officials are still working to identify the driver and his next of kin after another night of torrential downpours which have so far left thousands of homes without power and more than 100 people evacuated as winds reached more than 86mph.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "The vehicle is still stuck there at the moment, and so we are preserving the scene until the water has died down and it is safe to retrieve the car. When daylight comes, they will look to remove it."

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: "Tragically we have had one fatality.

"We were called to reports of a car submerged in water in Pilgrims Way, in Chew Stoke, just off the main road.

"Emergency services attended and several members of the Avon Fire and Rescue swift water rescue team, who are based at Bedminster fire station, went into the water.

"They recovered a man from the vehicle, he was then left in the care of paramedics and I understand that while being taken to hospital he was declared dead en route.

"The coroner has been informed and there will be a full investigation."

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