Storm Eleanor sparked “danger to life warnings” overnight as destructive winds hurled up debris and rainstorms caused widespread flooding.
Met Office yellow warnings of wind remain in place for the whole of England and Wales as well as parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The national weather service warned that “very strong winds” could cause more travel disruption and power cuts until 6pm on Wednesday.
The Environment Agency has also issued more 50 flood warnings and more than 100 flood alerts across England as torrential rain lashes the UK.
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10.21am: More than 100 Essex homes still without electricity
Engineers are working to restore power in the area after Storm Eleanor damaged power lines across the county.
BBC Essex tweeted: “Power has been restored to 500 homes in White Roding but more than 100 homes near Clacton are without electricity as Storm Eleanor damages overhead power lines in several locations across Essex.”
10.08am: Galway City council boss demands answers over ‘unprecedented flooding’
The chief executive of Galway City Council has reportedly called for permanent flood defences to be build in the Irish town, after Storm Eleanor cause widespread damage overnight.
News Talk’s Richard Chambers tweeted: “ Galway City Co Chief Executive says last night's flooding was ‘unprecedented’, with the worst ‘living memory’ in many areas. Says only answer is permanent flood defences ASAP.”
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9.54am: Storm Eleanor knocks out power to 200,000 French homes
After battering the UK and Ireland overnight, Storm Eleanor has cut power to 200,000 homes in northern France, electricity grid company Enedis told Reuters this morning.
Households in the Normandy region bore the brunt of the storm, while areas around Paris, northeaster Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne were also impacted.
9.44am: Brits urged to seek rail refunds as Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc
Hannah Maundrell, editor of money.co.uk, has reminded commuters that they are entitled to a full refund if Storm Eleanor caused their train to be delayed or cancelled.
“Storm Eleanor has been causing disruption to transport networks across the UK,” she said.
“If bad weather means your train is cancelled make sure you get a full refund.
“If it’s delayed by more than 15 minutes you could claim compensation too so be sure to submit a claim. Thanks to the Delay Repay scheme most train companies will compensate you even if bad weather is to blame.”
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9.29am: Thames Barrier to close to protect London from flooding
The Thames Barrier will close at around 10.15am this morning to prevent Storm Eleanor’s floodwaters from reaching London.
An Environmental Agency worker, who goes by the name Thames Barrier Alan, tweeted: “Still some uncertainty in the forecast for the tidal Thames in London today.
“But there's no prize for getting it wrong. As such, we're making plans to start closing the Thames Barrier from around 10.15 this morning.”
This will mark the 180th time the Barrier has been closed since it first became operational in 1984.
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9.09am: Met Éireann urges motorists to drive carefully
A statement from the Met Office's partner in Ireland read: “We are asking road users to remain vigilant with respect to the possibility of flooding and debris this morning.
“Stay up to date with local authority and national warnings and assess your surroundings prior to departure on any journeys while storm conditions pass through.”
8.57am: More wind forecast for the UK tomorrow
Met Office meteorologist Charles Powell has urged Brits to brace for more wintery weather tomorrow.
He said that showers will gradually thin out as the day goes on but a fresh band of rain will creep its way across the southwest of England from about 8pm and into Thursday.
“Another area of low pressure will work through,” he said. “I don’t think it will be as deep or an intense as Storm Eleanor, but we can expect some more windy and wet weather.”
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8.31am: Storm Eleanor causes commuter chaos
Britons faced treacherous conditions and major disruption as they traveled into work this morning.
Several major bridges across the UK were closed due to high winds and there were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads, including the M25.
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.
In London, an object fell onto the overhead lines between Paddington and Hayes, leading to a reduced service from the station.
Elsewhere, power cuts halted trains between Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge this morning.
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8.07am: Storm Eleanor knocks out power to 20,000 in Northern Ireland
Storm Eleanor has left more than 20,000 customers without electricity since it struck yesterday, the Press Association reports.
Engineers were forced to work through the night to restore power, after 400 separate incidents of damage to the electricity network were flagged.
By 7am, some 3,000 remained without supply in Northern Ireland.
Julia Carson, from Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), said: "The damage caused by Storm Eleanor includes power lines brought down by falling trees and poles broken by the high winds.
"We have been working in difficult conditions since yesterday evening to restore power to over 20,000 customers and we'll continue to respond to reports of damage and reconnect supplies as quickly and safely as possible."
7.53am: Storm Eleanor blows tree onto London road
Storm Eleanor has blown a huge tree onto Common Road in Stanmore, according to Harrow Borough Police.
The police service has urged residents to use alternative route until it is cleared.
“A large tree has fallen across Common Road in Stanmore completely blocking it in both directions. Harrow Council are aware and will be attending ASAP,” Harrow MPS’s twitter account said.
7.44am Met Éireann extends amber warning
Met Éireann in Ireland broadened its amber weather warning last night after seeing the destructive power of Storm Eleanor.
The alert now includes Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
Met Éireann have warned powerful winds together with high tides and exceptionally high seas will result in coastal damage and flooding, adding that damaging gusts are also likely inland.
The amber alert is due to last until 2pm today.
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7.35am: Storm Eleanor forecast to cause 'widespread disruption'
Meteorologist Becky Mitchell told the Press Association that the risk of more "violent storm-force gusts" had lessened, though wind speeds of between 70mph and 80mph could still batter some parts.
"Storm Eleanor has swept through and the eye is now crossing the North Sea, although there will continue to be strong gusts through the day," she said.
"We have seen some heavy showers push through across the south of the UK along with hail, loud thunder and lightning, which has woken people up.
"It is possible there will be quite widespread disruption this morning and it is worth checking before you travel."