STORM ELEANOR: Thousands lose power as brutal hurricane-force winds rip through ...

Storm EleanorPAStorm Eleanor has lashed the UK with hurricane-force winds

Commutes face chaos on the roads on Wednesday after the storm battered the country overnight carrying heavy rain, hail and dramatic thunder and lightning.

Several major bridges were closed due to gusts of high winds and there were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads including the M25.

The Met Office said gusts of 100mph were recorded at Great Dun Fell in Cumbria at 1am, while wind speeds reached 90mph at Orlock Head in Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening.

Overturned vehicles forced closures on the A1M, M6 and M5, where a recovery operation was underway to clear up the contents of a lorry left spilled on the road.

An object in the overhead lines between London Paddington and Hayes reduced the number of trains leaving the major hub, while power outages halted rail services between Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge.

Storm Eleanor: Latest maps as UK faces Category 1 level stormTue, January 2, 2018 Storm Eleanor is set to hit the UK bringing gusts of up to 90mph that will rip through the entire country from tonight putting the nation on alert for falling trees, flying debris, flooding and power cuts
The full force of Storm Eleanor will peak on Wednesday midday

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The full force of Storm Eleanor will peak on Wednesday midday

A yellow warning of wind remains active for all of England and Wales, most of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Borders until 6pm on Wednesday after an amber warning was put in place for the early hours.

Gusts up to 89mph were recorded on the

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