Travel warnings issued as Storm Aileen batters UK
The first named storm of the year hit the country overnight and will continue through the morning, bringing gusts of up to 75mph.
Highways England has urged drivers to take extra care on their journeys to work, warning that people should delay travelling if the weather becomes too severe.
Those driving caravans, lorries and motorbikes are at risk of the vehicles being blown over.
Meanwhile, power companies are reporting power cuts overnight, affecting huge swathes of the country.
More than 800 homes were without power in Nottinghamshire, while 700 homes were affected in Lincolnshire.
Parts of Wales and the South West also reported power cuts.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Heavy rain and very strong winds have been forecast to affect parts of England, Wales and Scotland.
"Railway lines in areas affected by the worst weather may suffer disruption caused by falling trees and large branches, power cuts and debris being blown onto the track." ■