STORM Brendan wreaked havoc across Britain, as storms of up to 80mph led to school closures, forcing airlines to hijack flights and leaving thousands without energy.
Further weather warnings have been issued for today and into the evening, with torrential rain and strong winds expected across much of the UK.
Heavy rains are expected in many parts – the worst of which is likely to occur in southern England this morning.
The journey across the UK has already been interrupted, with flights, trains and ferry services delayed or canceled.
Strong winds forced airlines to divert flights scheduled to land at Gatwick airport.
Gatwick airport reported that two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norwegian Air flight have been hijacked.
An easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to land in Birmingham.
In Wales, more than 1,000 properties ran out of energy after a tree fell on a power line in Bontnewydd, Gwynedd.
The strongest gust recorded during Storm Brendan was 87 miles per hour in southern Uist on the western islands of Scotland, with winds of over 70 miles per hour also recorded in Wales and the Isle of Scilly.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain across the southern coast.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said earlier: “We are observing gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour with exposed coasts and hill tops that see 60 miles per hour and perhaps even up to 70 miles per hour. Now.
“There will also be some rain, which makes the conditions quite unpleasant.
“They will certainly be unpleasant driving conditions and could cause disruptions in many travel networks.”
On Monday, over 60 homes were blacked out after electrical failures near Falmouth and Truro in Cornwall when winds started dropping trees through the cables.
In the western islands, all schools of Uist and Barra were closed and all bus services on the islands were also canceled.
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Several Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services were affected, with some services canceled due to adverse weather conditions and others disrupted.
Northlink Ferries also told passengers that there may be disruptions in services to Orkney and Shetland islands.
Although the rest of the week seems unstable, conditions are drier and brighter over the weekend.
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