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Thousands of people in Britain and Ireland were without electricity for a second day Friday, after gale-force winds and storms claimed seven lives since Christmas Eve.

The three latest victims died early Friday when a 60-foot tree crashed onto their car in the Welsh village of Pengam in Gwent. Two other passengers were treated for minor injuries.

Earlier, the stormy weather was blamed for three deaths in Britain and one in Ireland.

In Britain, winds gusting up to 90 mph took their heaviest toll in northwest England, north Wales and Northern Ireland. Winds surpassing 100 mph swept in from the Atlantic and hit southwest Ireland.

Adding to the problems of a Christmas without power, many people had to cope with property damage, including roofs that had blown off.

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