FIRE crews were called out to rescue a BMW driver stuck in fast-moving flood water in Hemyock as Storm Ciarán battered the UK.

Firefighters from Cullompton and Wellington, along with a Flexi Duty Officer, responded to reports early this morning of an occupant trapped within a vehicle in swift-moving flood waters from Storm Ciarán.

A police officer confirmed one vehicle was in the water on arrival at the scene, prior to fire crews checking in.

The rescue, which started at about 6am, was carried out using four firefighters in flood suits and a triple extension ladder.

Storm Ciarán also wreaked havoc elsewhere in Somerset, causing heavy overnight rain and high winds.

Flooding was reported across South Somerset, with nearly 100 homes in the TA2 area of Taunton losing power.

School closures were announced, with adverse weather creating unsafe conditions for travel.

See more live Storm Ciarán updates from across Somerset here.

A spokesperson from Wadham CofE VC Community School in Crewkerne explained: "The decision to close is due to adverse weather conditions making many routes to/from school unsafe, along with forecasts today likely worsening this situation.

"Stay safe."

As the county continues to brace for the ongoing storm, residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and safe.