Stormy weather hits UK

Severe weather warnings issued across UK.

Warnings have been given to many parts of Britain and Ireland by the Met Office.

Gail force winds hit the UK over night and in Scotland warnings for snow and winds of up to 100mph.

Wales has also been hit by winds and torrential rain, with a number of roads blocked by blown down trees.

Travel in Northern Ireland has seen disruption with warnings of storm-force winds of up to 90mph.

The conditions lead to a number of East Coast main line trains between London and Scotland had to begin and end in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Flooding and a dramatic drop in temperature are expected in many parts of Wales and north-west England.