Storm Aileen brings travel disruption

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Media caption The particular worst of Storm Aileen’s wind gusts have rattled off towards the Holland, says BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor swift

Strong winds have triggered travel disruption and power slashes across parts of the country.

Aileen, the first named storm this season, has eased away but caused difficulties on rail routes and still left thousands without power overnight.

The Met Office said gusts of 74mph strike Mumbles Head in south Wales, with southern parts of northern Britain and the north Midlands also terribly affected.

Lorry motorists and motorcyclists were warned from the risk of being blown over.

Throughout the morning, rail holidaymakers faced slower journeys and cancelling, but services now seem to be time for normal.

On the website, National Rail mentioned falling trees and large divisions, power cuts and debris taken onto the tracks had triggered difficulties.

By lunch, only Southern rail plus Thameslink were still confirming difficulties. Other services were furthermore affected during the morning rush hr.

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Image caption Fallen branches caused issues for motorists in Basildon, Kent
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Image caption A car is usually dented by a branch in Sheffield
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Image caption In southern Wales, the Taff Trail, among Radyr and Cardiff, takes a battering

With its height, the storm reduce power to 60, 000 homes in Wales – some just for 10 minutes, others for several hours.

Western Power Distribution, which supplies electricity to homes in southern and west Wales, said every affected areas, from Pembrokeshire in order to Monmouthshire, were back up and operating.

Northern Powergrid, which usually covers north-east England, Yorkshire plus Lincolnshire, said 7, 400 houses had lost power overnight, also it was still working to restore capacity to 800 customers.

Electrical power North West said about one, 300 homes were affected.

Police forces in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Gloucestershire all reported trees and shrubs being blown over by the wind gusts during the night.

The Fulfilled Office said there was no link between high winds in the UK as well as the recent extreme weather in the Carribbean and the US.

The UK’s weather program came from the north, in the Ocean, the Met Office added.

By late morning, just about all weather warnings had been lifted plus Storm Aileen was heading for holland.

The Environment Agency raised two flood warnings, but 7 notifications remain in place just for areas where flooding “is possible”.

By contrast, on this day a year ago, the temperature in Gravesend, Kent, reached 34C (93F).

Storm Aileen is the very first storm to be given a title since they were announced for the 2017/18 season.

Various other names on the list include Dylan, Octavia, Rebecca and Simon.