Man, 21, named as victim of Storm Callum landslide

Corey Sharpling, 21, from Newcastle Emlyn, was killed on Saturday when a “large-scale” landslide hit a road that had been blocked by a tree near Cwmduad, west Wales.

His parents said they were “heartbroken” at the loss of their “beautiful son”, describing him as known by many for his “wit, charm and sense of loyalty”.

Officers have said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr Sharpling is one of two people to have died in relation to Storm Callum, with another man reported to have been swept away by rough seas in Brighton.

:: Storm Callum: Wales hit by heaviest flooding for 20 years

The 38-year-old, who disappeared in the water at around 1.30am on Saturday, was found in water near Brighton Palace Pier but was pronounced dead by paramedics.

People have been warned by the coastguard to take extra care near water during the stormy weather.

The deaths on Saturday came after rivers – including the Towy in Wales – burst their banks and people were left without power as the west of Britain saw heavy rainfall.

At its peak, the storm had winds of over 70mph but the UK’s south and east escaped the extreme weather and experienced warm temperatures in the mid-20s.

The Met Office said Donna Nook in Lincolnshire saw the warmest October day in seven years with temperatures reaching 26.5C (79.7F).

But elsewhere, transport networks were plagued with delays with the severe conditions affecting train services between Preston and Scotland, and rail services across the whole of Wales and southwest England.

About 100 sheep were also swept away in floodwater at Pontargothi in west Wales. Officers called for anyone who finds “washed up” sheep to alert them.

Operations manager for Natural Resources Wales, Huwel Manley, told Sky News: “This is amongst the most significant flooding in southwest Wales for many years.

“We have seen very high levels of rainfall and, at times, we had over 40 flood warnings in place.”

In the town of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons national park, where the River Usk burst its banks, some properties were also flooded, with up to 4ft of water.

Pub landlord Howard Baker told Sky News: “The water rose very quickly. The emergency services have been pumping it out.

“The bar area, restaurant area and kitchen is all gone. At its worst, we had 3ft-4ft of water.”

By Sunday morning, the bad weather was clearing.

:: The latest Sky News weather forecast

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “The areas that have seen the bulk of the sunshine over the last couple of days will then be under the cloud, with patchy, light rain and drizzle at times.

“Those areas further west which have seen huge amounts of rain will finally turn drier, brighter, with some decent sunny spells developing by the end of the day on Sunday.”

Scotland and Northern Ireland should largely have dry, clear conditions through Sunday.


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