The West battered by Storm Francis as winds expected to reach 70mph

Huge waves have been crashing over the sea wall at Lyme Regis Credit: Dorset Council

Hundreds of homes are without power as strong winds from Storm Francis pummel the South West.

Western Power Distribution say its engineers are currently attending a number of sites around Cornwall, Devon and Somerset after reports of outages.

Among the outages the firm is trying to restore power to are 1,016 properties in the TR5 postcode area of St Agnes.

On Dartmoor, two young men had to be rescued after their wild camping trip led to them being stranded in the middle of the River Dart.

Lucy was camping in Kingsbridge, Devon but chose to abandon her overnight stay and head back home to Lincolnshire early because of the poor weather.

The Met Office had initially forecast a yellow weather warning but an update now shows parts of North Somerset and Gloucestershire have been including in an amber wind warning from 2-10pm.

In the Forest of Dean trees have been blocking roads and someone's gazebo and patio umbrella broke free of a garden Cheltenham.

Officers in Gloucester city centre have already shared photos of trees coming down thanks to the powerful winds.

Gloucestershire Police say no one in the house was hurt and there is no danger to pedestrians. Credit: Twitter @GlosCityPolice

Coastguards are warning people to stay alert as ferocious winds batter the coasts

The grey looking waters not so inviting for holidaymakers in Watchet Credit: ITV News West Country