BRITS are facing travel chaos today after Storm Claudio battered the UK with 70mph gusts overnight.
Commuters have been struggling with wet and windy conditions in London this morningCredit: LNP
Boats were also overturned at Mudeford Quay in Dorset this morningCredit: BNPS
Strong winds toppled a large tree in Bournemouth’s town centre, DorsetCredit: BNPS
A woman covers her head from the pouring rain while out in GreenwichCredit: LNP
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning for strong winds in place along the southern coast of EnglandCredit: Met Office
Downpours and winds are affecting most of England and WalesCredit: Met Office
And the weather agency advised that “some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport” were very likely today.
Bus and train services may also be affected in some places, with some journeys taking longer.
Cops have warned rush hour drivers to slow down this morning as torrential rain has turned roads into skidpans.
Hundreds of homes were blacked out overnight as the powerful storm continues to batter the UK with howling gales and driving rain.
Power repair teams battled atrocious conditions to try to restore supplies to 570 properties at Eastbourne, Sussex, looking out on the Channel.
The sweeping gales reportedly brought trees and branches crashing down on power lines, snapping them like cotton.
This was also reported in Dorset, Bournemouth, where a large tree was toppled by the fierce gusts.
While homeowners in Nottinghamshire have reportedly been battling to stop flood water entering their homes after the heavy downpours.
In Cornwall, 160 homes near Truro had no electricity this morning while 160 properties were blacked out in Bristol.
Storm Claudio’s move eastwards on Tuesday is also expected to bring heavy showers across southern and central England, the Met Office added.
And the weather agency has warned that possible floods and transport disruption could continue.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “The biggest impacts from Storm Claudio are expected in northern France, which is why is has been named as a system by Météo-France.
“What it means for us in the UK is for some high winds to be possible along much of the southern coast of England.
“Some isolated and especially exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 70mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts of between 50 and 60mph.”
Miserable conditions are also forecast to last into Wednesday as well as low pressure moves in from the west bringing wind and rain for many.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates said: “Within the warning area, gusts are expected of between 55 and 65mph.
“This is associated with low pressure moving towards the northwest of the UK, which is bringing with it some heavy rain on Wednesday, especially across parts of southwest Scotland, Cumbria and western Wales, although much of the UK will see some rain through the day.
“In addition to high winds in the warning area, many parts of the UK will experience strong and gusty winds, at least for a time, during Wednesday.”