Britain has endured a battering today as Hurricane Gonzalo has made its presence felt.
Gusts of over 100mph have ripped across the UK bringing torrential rain and misery to travellers.
Two people have died, hundreds of trees are down and countless flights have been cancelled. The top wind speed today is 108mph which was clocked in the Cairngorms.
The Met Office has taken the step of extending a severe weather warning until 8pm and the severe weather is affecting roads, trains and ferries.
A woman was killed by a falling tree outside the barracks in Knightsbridge, central London. London Fire Brigade issued a statement about the death: “Firefighters were called to reports of a woman being hit by a fallen tree on Kensington Road at 11.38 this morning. Crews assisted police to make the area safe by securing the fallen tree and masonry. Sadly the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters from Soho and Kensington fire stations attended the incident.”
A a man was killed in Essex when the jack holding up his van collapsed, causing the van to drop and crush him to death. Three women in West Sussex, who were out walking their dogs, were injured when a tree, blown over by the gales, fell on them. Witnesses reported the women “screaming for help” as the tree came down: “Someone said they just heard a big crack. Can you imagine if it was school time and all the kids were walking around.”