Car to be recovered from swollen river in search for driver missing in storm

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A car belonging to a pensioner who disappeared during Storm Angus is expected to be pulled from a swollen river later as parts of the country remain on flood alert.

Russell Sherwood, 69, went missing after leaving his home in Neath, South Wales, on Monday morning as the storm that claimed at least one life wrought widespread havoc.

On Tuesday evening teams searching the River Ogmore said they had discovered a car believed to be Mr Sherwood's silver Ford Focus lying upside-down in the water.

However officers were unable to search the vehicle because of the "treacherous" conditions, a South Wales Police spokesman said.

The recovery operation is due to begin at first light on Wednesday after police remained at the scene overnight.

A force spokesman said: "Mr Sherwood's family have been kept fully informed of the developments and are being supported by specially trained officers."

Kent Police said a 39-year-old woman lost her life after being pulled from heavy seas near Folkestone on Tuesday.

The woman was spotted by a helicopter crew before being airlifted to a local hospital she later died.

A Dover RNLI spokesman said it was not known why the woman, who has not been named, was in the sea. 

Parts of the UK were warned to remain vigilant for flooding after the widespread disruption and damage caused by Storm Angus.

The Environment Agency had 15 flood warnings and 95 flood alerts in place and warned of a continuing flood risk in Dorset and York as rain causes the rivers to gradually rise.

The Met Office forecast both the North and South would stay dry on Wednesday, while coastal areas on the English Channel could see rain.

Bands of rain may hit the North East and South West. The South West will still have to contend with 15-20mm of rainfall.