Heavy rain and strong winds have begun to affect parts of the UK as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha arrived.
The Met Office - which has issued yellow weather warnings telling people to "be aware" of downpours - said the rain was most severe at around 3am.
The conditions are expected to move across England and Wales towards Scotland throughout today.
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Friday will be a much calmer day for many, with the weather set to remain dryer with sunny periods and much lighter winds than on Thursday.