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UK weather: Storm Aileen batters Britain with gusts of 75mph and leaves thousands without power

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Storm Aileen is battering parts of Britain this morning, with gusts of 75mph expected across much of England and Wales. 

Commuters are being warned to brace for rush hour chaos while thousands have been left without power.

Eileen -  the first named storm this season - brought howling gusts and heavy showers to parts of the UK overnight and was expected to continue throughout the morning.

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Britons were being urged to move pets inside, tie down loose outdoor items, and drive safely amid treacherous conditions.

Parts of Wales and the South West also reported power cuts.

The Met Office amber weather warning for wind was in place until 6am on Wednesday.

Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: "The low pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers."

The Met Office said there was no connection between the high winds the UK is expected to see and the severe weather battering the Caribbean and the US, with the UK's weather system originating north in the Atlantic, independent of the current hurricanes across the ocean.

Low pressure will bring "very strong winds" across much of England and Wales with an amber severe weather warning for 55-65mph gales in parts of Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Gusts of up to around 75mph could also be possible in exposed locations such as the coast and hills in these areas, the Met Office added.

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