Storm Eleanor set to batter Hampshire with high winds tonight and tomorrow

Power failures also affected trains between Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge, whilst an object caught in overhead lines between London Paddington and Hayes means less trains are running.

North of the border, there were 400 separate incidents of damage to the electricity network.

"We ask customers in the Gort area who have a mains water supply to conserve their water until the electricity supply is restored and the pumping station is back in full production", said a spokeswoman.

"This is an update to remove the warning from southern Scotland while including the whole of Northern Ireland".

Now there are around 3000 customers without power and NIE Networks teams have been working through the night as part of a widespread effort to restore power.

A council spokesperson said: "It is anticipated that there may be localised flooding resulting from the windy conditions combined with high tide".

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible over the high tide on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday morning. Damaging gusts will be likely inland also. We are experiencing a large volume of calls at present so we are asking customers to use our automated system on our 1850 number to get updates on estimated restoration times.

Crews from areas less affected have been mobilised and will travel to assist technicians in these areas to restore power to families, farms and businesses as quickly as possible today, ESB Networks outlined.

In England almost 2,000 homes were hit by power cuts in the Midlands, as well as around 700 in the South West and 460 in Wales.

South of that it's a Yellow warning alert. Vince Crane, of the AA, said drivers should be careful.

"The risk is mainly to low lying and coastal properties, and forecast to be a similar event to that we saw in January 2014".

The Severn Crossing between Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire and the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich also closed overnight due to the high winds, the BBC reported.

"Power cuts and disruption to other services - mobile phones for example - may occur, and there is a small chance of transport disruption or cancellation of public transport".

  • Zachary Reyes