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Trees have been knocked over and power cut as Storm Aileen battered London overnight.

The first named storm of the year brought gusts of up to 75mph with commuters seeing rush hour chaos thanks to the Aileen's aftermath.

Highways England has urged drivers to take extra care on their journeys to work, warning that people should delay travelling if the weather becomes too severe.

Those driving caravans, lorries and motorbikes are at risk of the vehicles being blown over.

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A spokesman said: "Road users in all regions are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel.

"Leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and delay the journey if the weather is too severe."

The worst of the storm has passed over London but there is still a chance that the storm will continue to hurt commuters by rail or by road.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Heavy rain and very strong winds have been forecast to affect parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

"Railway lines in areas affected by the worst weather may suffer disruption caused by falling trees and large branches, power cuts and debris being blown onto the track."

The Met Office amber weather warning for wind is in place until 6am on Wednesday.

Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: "The low pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers."

The Met Office said there was no connection between the high winds the UK is expected to see and the severe weather battering the Caribbean and the US, with the UK's weather system originating north in the Atlantic, independent of the current hurricanes across the ocean.

As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the UK will be left with cool, showery conditions by the end of the week and into the weekend, the forecasters said.