Rain and fierce winds have been hitting parts of southwest England and Wales, although Ireland appears to have been largely spared.

Winds of more than 80mph brought down trees and damaged houses today as a severe storm battered Britain.

Travellers faced delays and thousands of people in the West Country and South Wales woke to find they were without electricity after falling trees crashed through power lines.

A tanker with 13 crew on board was in trouble off the Isle of Wight as the storms whipped up the waters around the coasts.

Police warned travellers in England to use extreme caution amid fears of heavy delays.

The gales were expected to last for much of the day with further bad weather over the next 48 hours.

Delays to flights from Ireland

Gardaí said there were no reports of any major overnight storm damage or flooding.

However, Aer Lingus said there were delays of between two and three hours on all flights to Heathrow, due to high winds in London.

Inbound and outbound flights at Dublin, Cork and Belfast were affected.

The Rosslare to Pembroke cruise ferry sailing at 8.45am this morning wes cancelled, as are all Swift fast craft sailings between Dublin and Holyhead.

Latest satellite image from Met eireann at 2130The Rosslare to Fishguard sailing at 9am and the Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead sailing at 11.10am were also cancelled.

There has been flooding on the N25 along the quays in New Ross in Co Wexford.

In Bray, the Killarney Road was closed from Hills Garage to Ballywaltrim Rd due to flooding. The Upper Dargle road was blocked by a fallen tree.

A tree was partially blocking the Enfield to Rathmoylan road in Co Meath, on a very bad bend.

The river Suir burst its banks in Waterford city flooding Scotch Quay and Williams Street. There was also bad flooding in the car parks along the quays and on Park road.