Woman dies when falling tree crushes her car as Britain is lashed 109mph hurricane-force winds and a month’s rain falls in a day

A woman in her 60s has been killed after a tree crashed down on top of her car in Dorset as the UK is lashed with strong winds and a month’s worth of rainfall.

The local woman, who was driving through the Moors Valley Country Park, was killed instantly in the crash – during hurricane-force winds – which happened just before 9am.

At the time of the incident, severe weather conditions were sweeping across Dorset bringing heavy rain showers and high winds. The Met Office had enforced a warning from 4am and 6pm.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: ‘Officers were called at 8.41am today (Sat) to a report of a collision involving a grey Ford B-max and a tree on Verwood Road between the Alderholt turning and the A31. It is reported that the tree had fallen on the car.

‘Very sadly the driver of the Ford, a local woman aged in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. The road was closed while emergency services were at the scene.’

The fatally injured pensioner has not yet been named police. A post mortem examination is to be carried out on her body to ascertain the exact cause of her death and an inquest will be opened and adjourned next week.

Wet and windy weather continued through the rest of today for much of south-east England and south Wales with winds reaching up to 60 mph inland and 80 mph on the coast.

The woman in her 60s has been killed after a tree crashed down on top of her car in Dorset as the south coast was battered ‘hurricane force’ winds

Homeowners in Torquay, Devon, woke up to this scene on Saturday morning after a tree collapsed across a residential street during severe overnight storms. The tree destroyed two vehicles as it landed in the doorway of a property

A police officer helps to clear up a fallen tree after stormy winds brought down trees across the A35 near Dorchester on Saturday morning

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