UK weather: Storm Atiyah batters Britain with 70mph winds amid warnings of ...

Britain was hit by Storm Atiyah today with 70mph winds striking the country amid warnings of power cuts and transport delays for morning commuters.

A Met Office wind warning remains for North East England until noon today, after an earlier alert for the South West, before more winds of up to 100mph are forecast from a second storm due to hit the country tomorrow.

The Needles on the Isle of Wight was hit by 83mph gusts overnight as the South West and Wales were buffered by gales after the storm swept in from Ireland, where it disrupted transport and power networks.

Strong winds brought down this tree in Taunton, Somerset. The council tweeted a picture of the scene this morning

Strong winds brought down this tree in Taunton, Somerset. The council tweeted a picture of the scene this morning

Huge waves hit the North East coast of England at Seaham in County Durham this morning as Storm Atiyah strikes the UK

Huge waves hit the North East coast of England at Seaham in County Durham this morning as Storm Atiyah strikes the UK

High winds brought down this tree at Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales, pictured this morning

High winds brought down this tree at Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales, pictured this morning

The sun rises behind Fiddlers Ferry Power Station in Widnes, Merseyside, this morning

The sun rises behind Fiddlers Ferry Power Station in Widnes, Merseyside, this morning

The Met Office will decide today if the conditions tomorrow warrant being named the second storm of the winter, Storm Brendan – before up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in some areas on election day this Thursday.

Forecasters said delays are likely to road, rail, air and ferry transport, and that short-term loss of power is possible in some areas. The M48 Severn Bridge introduced lane closures yesterday due to increasing wind speeds.

Western Power Distribution said it had experienced 26 high voltage faults in the south-west on Sunday and two in Wales, leading to 5,500 customers being cut off from power over the course of the day.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: 'The strong winds are pretty widespread. It's very windy in the west and south-west so that's where we're going to see the greatest impact unfortunately.' 

This morning's weather

This afternoon's weather

Commuters today have been warned of strong winds (left) on a day when temperatures will struggle to get to double figures

A Mercedes car on the road was crushed under scaffolding yesterday after it fell from the side of a house in Cardiff

A Mercedes car on the road was crushed under scaffolding yesterday after it fell from the side of a house in Cardiff

A caravan park in Barlings, Lincolnshire, is still surrounded by floodwater - pictured yesterday - after the floods a month ago

A caravan park in Barlings, Lincolnshire, is still surrounded by floodwater - pictured yesterday - after the floods a month ago

Today's weather warning

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Tomorrow's weather warning

Weather warnings for the South West and North East today (left) and a rain warning for parts of Scotland tomorrow (right)

In the South West, Coastsafe, a partnership campaign aiming to improve coastline safety, urged people to be wary of tidal surges and debris being thrown over sea walls during the storm.

Will the severe weather affect election turnout? 

The prospect of the first winter election since 1974 has led to speculation that conditions could affect turnout, although suggest that the

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