99 mph winds batter the region

The Met Office said wind reached more than 99mph on the Isle of Wight at 5am.

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Beach hut destroyed in storm

Isle of Wight beach hut destroyed in the storm Credit: Bright Wight Images

A cliff fall on the Isle of Wight has destroyed a beach hut, pushing it to the edge of the seawall on the Sandown – Shanklin Revetment. It narrowly missed the nearby Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat station.

Isle of Wight beach hut destroyed Credit: Bright Wight Images

South coast takes the brunt of the storm

The Isle of Wight has recorded the highest winds overnight - with the monitoring station at The Needles recording gusts of 99 mph.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 flood warnings for the South West, as well as 146 flood alerts for the rest of England and Wales

The strongest winds are around Dorset, Somerset and the Hampshire areas, and forecasters say they are going to spread north and east in the next few hours. Elsewhere it has reached 80mph in Portland in Dorset and 75mph at Yeovilton in Somerset, but gusts are widely reaching 50mph.

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