London Fire Brigade have revealed they received five times the normal number of emergency 999 calls last night as high winds and heavy rain caused widespread disruption in the capital.
Areas such as Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham and Sidcup were the worst-hit areas of London, although there were no reports of any injuries.
“It has been an extremely busy night for our firefighters and 999 control staff. Between 8pm on Monday evening and 7am on Christmas Eve, London Fire Brigade received 853 calls," a London Fire Brigade spokesperson said.
"This compares with 159 calls for the same period 24 hours earlier – that’s around five times busier than normal.
“Crews have been working incredibly hard throughout the night, mainly attending flooding incidents and fallen trees, as well as being called to structures such as windows, roof tiles and signs which have been left in a precarious position by the high winds."
David Cameron concedes that more flood prevention work needs to be done in areas like Yalding, where he was confronted by a local.
Within the next few hours, severe gales will hit northern England, Isle of Man and Wales. The rain will exacerbate the flood risk in places.
Three aircraft attempt to land at Birmingham Airport in today's tricky weather conditions.