after Storm Antoni wreaks havoc across Britain

Almost no part of the UK was untouched by 80mph gusts and heavy rain which caused carnage on Saturday.

The big clean-up was in full swing yesterday as the topsy turvy summer continued with largely dry, sunny but blustery conditions.

Loftus in North Yorkshire was one of the worst hit with the second severe flood in three years sparking evacuations. Nurse Paul Jones-King, 47, was left distraught and his home under water.

He said: “I just want to cry. I finished a night shift, was sitting having a cup of coffee before bed, and literally within 10 minutes [the] house was flooding.

“Everyone is just arguing among themselves, no one has done anything, and we’ve flooded again.”

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Mr Jones-King estimated around 20 properties were struck and blamed Environment Agency and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for a sluggish response which saw sandbags delivered seven hours after the incident.

The storm – the worst of the year so far – prompted severe wind, rain and thunderstorm warnings from the Met Office alongside a rare “danger to life” alert.

South West Wales and the corridor along the coast from South West England was particularly badly affected.

Torrential rain and flash flooding made driving treacherous along the M4 between Wales and London, with visibility down to almost zero in places. The RAC called driving conditions “atrocious”.

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Trees were uprooted across Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall and Great Western Railway warned passengers not to travel between Exeter and Penzance because of the number of trees that had fallen on the track.

Power cuts struck across Gloucestershire, while winds of 78mph (125km/h) were recorded in Berry Head, Devon, and 43mm of rain fell in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, or almost half of the average rainfall for the month.

The storm was the first to be named this season.

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But the summer could return this week with an about-turn and temperatures set to hit 27C on Thursday.

Drier and brighter weather is set to return for the time being, making it markedly warmer than the strangely autumnal feel of late.

And people made the most of a better Sunday yesterday as the flocked to the coast, including Bournemouth.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said: “There are some signals of a shift in the jet stream which may allow for high pressure to build for southern areas, increasing the likelihood of some drier weather. However, there’s still a chance of some rain for areas further north.”

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