80mph wind causes widespread disruption to rail, flights and ferry service.
Thousands of homes were left without power in Wales, the Midlands and southern and eastern England, while rail services were disrupted as Storm Barney struck Britain.
Barney – the second UK storm strong enough to be named – saw winds peak on Tuesday, before conditions calmed down overnight. The highest winds were recorded at 83mph in coastal areas of north Wales, while gusts of 66mph registered in the villages of Weybourne in Norfolk and Wittering, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
A two-storey block of flats in Leigh, Greater Manchester, was evacuated after part of the roof collapsed. Firefighters were called to the scene at 7.45pm and the road was later closed by police as fire crews ensured that people were safe.
In Birmingham, winds felled a metal advertising tower at the Fort Shopping Park, although nobody was hurt. A fallen tree near Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire caused delays of about an hour on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted airport, with buses being laid on instead.