- More than 240 Environment Agency flood alerts in place in England and Wales, with most in East Anglia
- Gusts of 140mph in parts of Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire as ALL trains in Scotland are cancelled
- Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will chair emergency Cobra meeting today on storm disruption
- Police Scotland advise motorists not to drive in the south, west, central belt and south Perthshire
- Storm will create the biggest waves in living memory off north-east over next few days, peaking on Saturday
- Public should expect 36 hours of disruption, Norfolk Police warns as Great Yarmouth homes are evacuated
- Evacuations planned in Essex and Suffolk as people are seen being rescued in North Wales and Merseyside
Thousands of families in coastal towns were being evacuated or rescued today as gusts of up to 140mph battered Britain in a hurricane-force storm.
A lorry driver died in Scotland and a man riding a mobility scooter in King’s Park in Retford, was also killed when he was hit by a falling tree.
More than 120,000 homes were left without power as the most serious tidal surge for 60 years is predicted to hit the east coast tonight.
More than 10,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated, while residents were also rescued in Rhyl, North Wales, and Merseyside.
As they were taken away from their homes in dinghies, forecasters feared the worst is yet to come during tonight’s high tide at around 10pm.
More than 240 flood alerts were in place across England and Wales, with 6,000 homes expected to suffer from flooding in the next 24 hours.
Sea levels could be as high as those during the floods of 1953 that left 307 dead, although defences have significantly improved since then.
The lorry driver died and four other people were hurt when his HGV fell onto cars on the A801 in West Lothian as winds disrupted transport networks.
This morning the entire rail network in Scotland was suspended, with trains halted at their nearest stations and passengers told to disembark.
Motorists in Scotland have also been warned not to travel due to ‘extremely dangerous’ road conditions.
Transport Scotland has escalated its travel warning to stage four red, advising people to avoid travelling, particularly in high-sided vehicles.
Closures, fallen trees, minor accidents and incidents of flash flooding are affecting the road network in the south, west, central and Perthshire areas.
Blown over: A woman struggled to stay on her feet while walking across the road today in Leeds, West Yorkshire, as the country was battered by high winds. She had been walking near Bridgewater Place. Leeds City Council closed the road past the 367ft tower after predictions that wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph
Carrying on: A man runs after his newspaper in strong winds and rain in Shipley (left) and a woman battles against the elements in Saltaire (right), West Yorkshire
Source : Daily mail