Thousands of people have been left without power and transport has been disrupted across the UK after Storm Isha tore through the country last night.
Gusts hit as high as 99mph in parts of the UK, with yellow warnings still in place for the whole country until noon today – and yellow wind warnings set to last until the same time on Wednesday.
Scotland, which saw a red wind warning issued between 1am and 5am this morning, received 50 flood warnings – almost double England’s 28.
In Northern Ireland, a person was hit by falling debris after winds dislodged scaffolding in Belfast, and 45,000 people were left without power.
A tree branch hit a car on Lisburn Road in Belfast during the storm
Transport has been hit hardest by Storm Isha, with 50mph speed restrictions imposed across most routes country-wide by Network Rail.
In a statement, the company said: “It’s likely that travel disruption will continue into Monday morning as engineers finish the clean-up operation removing fallen trees and debris and running ‘ghost trains’ to ensure lines are clear before allowing passenger trains to restart.”
Meanwhile, the remains of a garden shed were blown onto the line at Glasgow’s Bellgrove station, and a tree falling over on overhead wires caused a small fire in Gartcosh in Cumbernauld.
Man-made debris and at least 10 trees have been blown onto train lines near Glasgow, while an overnight watchperson was forced to abandon their post in Perthshire after the River Tay breached its safety limits.
Avanti West Coast warned passengers should not attempt to travel between Preston and Scotland until services resume at 9am
No trains will run in Scotland until all routes had been inspected and overhead wires had been repaired, said Network Rail Scotland.
In England, East Midlands Railway has said delays and alterations to its services were “likely”, while Avanti West Coast warned passengers should not attempt to travel between Preston and Scotland until services resume at 9am.
Air traffic control restrictions due to the storm caused diversions and restrictions nationwide, with one flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Glasgow diverted to Manchester after declaring an emergency.
The highest recorded wind speed so far was 99mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, while 90mph gusts battered Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Sunday.