Parts of southern Britain have been lashed by heavy rain and winds of up to 96mph after Storm Imogen swept in, BBC reports.


The bad weather is moving eastwards, with the strongest gust so far recorded at The Needles off the Isle of Wight.


More than 5,000 homes are without power in south-west England, south and mid-Wales and the Midlands.


Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries are cancelled and drivers are urged to take extra care, especially on the M4 and M5 motorways.


The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" wind warning for Wales, south-west England, London and south-east England and says coastal areas could see giant waves and localised flooding.


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