Exceptionally strong wind and waves batter UK

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A tree lands on a car in Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh
A tree lands on a car in Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Many areas are experiencing exceptionally windy weather today.

There is a severe weather warning out for strong winds across Scotland, Northern England and parts the East Midlands and East Anglia.

There will be damaging gusts of 60-70mph or more with severe gales - leading to potential structural damage and disruption to travel.

A lorry sits on its side after been blown over in high winds on the A725 near Hamilton
A lorry sits on its side after been blown over in high winds on the A725 near Hamilton Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

There will be large battering, damaging and dangerous waves along coasts. Ferry crossings have been suspended and debris on the roads and rain have lead to disruptions and delays.

The combination of possible 100mph winds in the North Sea and high tides will mean a risk of storm or tidal surge along the east coasts - the worst for around 60 years - leading to coastal flooding.

Waves crash on loan in Porth Eirias in Wales
Waves crash on loan in Porth Eirias in Wales Credit: ITV News Wales

Oil rigs in the North Sea have already been evacuated as well as smaller towns on the low-lying Norfolk coast such as Great Yarmouth.

Tonight and tomorrow will be much colder as polar air plunges in. Expect freezing, frosty and icy conditions into tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will be very cold during daylight hours and even colder at night. But It will be the shortest of cold snaps, with the extreme cold lasting just one day, and really not unusual for the time of year.