Winds and rain lashed many parts of the UK, including Blackpool (above) leaving seven dead

Britain's worst storms in ten years left at least seven people dead and thousands without electricity last weekend.

The storms overturned vehicles, caused structural damage to houses, felled power lines and disrupted road, rail and ferry services in Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday, loss adjusters Crawford & Co and GAB Robins both said they had received substantial claims from the storms, but it was too early to provide accurate estimates of losses incurred.

Both companies confirmed that there had been significant losses in the personal lines sector but added that they had also received numerous commercial claims from local industries and, in some cases, from schools.