In pictures: Storms batter UK

After hurricane-force winds battered the UK on Wednesday, tens of thousands of homes in England and Wales remain without power and there is renewed transport disruption. The bad weather is set to return on Friday.

A flooded New Road, home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club

The River Severn in flood-hit Worcester earlier reached its highest level in recent years. Here you can see the stands of Worcestershire County Cricket Club surrounded by water.

Residents of Waterworks Road in Worcester wade through the floodwater outside their home

The Environment Agency said flood defences "in Worcester town are holding, with levels now slowly decreasing" and it had no fears about the river coming over the top of flood defences there.

Penton Hook Weir

A weir at Penton Hook Lock, Surrey, is surrounded by debris as the level of water in the River Thames remains high.

Volunteers at St Pauls Church in Egham, Surrey, separate items donated for people affected by severe flooding in the area

At St Paul's Church in Egham, Surrey, volunteers sort food parcels donated for people affected by severe flooding in the area.

Michael Simmonds at his home in Egham, Surrey

Egham resident Michael Simmonds has lived in this house since he was six years old and this is the first time it has been flooded.

 Ministry of Defence of soldiers on Bridge Street, in Chertsey

The Army has been laying sandbags in Chertsey where flood defences have been put in to protect about 200 homes.

Van Heck Dutch pumps are installed at Dunball Sluice, Bridgwater

Pumps belonging to Dutch engineer Jerome van Heck, a flooding expert, have been installed at Dunball Sluice, Bridgwater, Somerset.

A snow plough clears snow on the Northumberland border

The Met Office has issued various yellow, "be aware", rain, wind, ice and snow warnings for many parts of the UK, and the snow ploughs are already out on the Northumberland border.

Snow covers the trees at Kielder in Northumberland

The trees at Kielder in Northumberland have taken a fair dusting of snow.

Damaged pylon, caused by severe winds overnight, just south of Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear.

This electricity pylon near to Houghton le Spring, which sits between Durham and Sunderland, was damaged by the severe overnight winds.

Damage to a block of flats after high winds in Blackpool

The Met Office issued a rare "red warning", the most severe level of threat, for "exceptionally strong winds" in west Wales and some parts of north-west England. Blackpool was one of those areas that awoke to damage to buildings.

Foam which could be mistaken for snow being blown from the turbulent sea in Blackpool

Foam, which could be mistaken for snow, was blown from the turbulent waves along the Blackpool seafront.

 Traffic makes its way past a damaged building at Blackpool Promenade

Trams were cancelled amid concerns about overhead power cables on the line that runs along the front of the resort.

Road traffic accident near Didsbury, Manchester

The BBC's Stuart Rowson took this picture in Didsbury, Manchester, but says the road is now clear.

Storms in Aberystwyth

Winds of over 100 mph battered the Welsh coast forcing the closure of roads, rail lines and schools. In Aberystwyth the waves reached nearly as high as the buildings that line the front.

 Storm waves crash over the Longships Lighthouse just off Lands End

Storm waves crashed over the Longships Lighthouse just off Land's End, Cornwall.

A truck is seen after being blown off the road on the A628, Woodhead Pass, near Preston between Manchester and Sheffield

A lorry was blown off the A628, Woodhead Pass between Manchester and Barnsley.

A man struggles in the high winds at Blackpool promenade

High winds halted pedestrians' progress along Blackpool promenade.

View from the cab of an all terrain vehicle being used to get around flooded Moorland

Members of Somerset Highways Agency made their way through the floods in Moorland in an all-terrain vehicle.

A miniature sandstorm blows across the breakwater next to the Perch Rock lighthouse on in New Brighton, United Kingdom

A miniature sandstorm blew across the breakwater next to the Fort Perch Rock Lighthouse in New Brighton, Merseyside.

A woman battles the high winds with her umbrella as she walks across a bridge in central London

Pedestrians had to battle high winds in many parts of the country.

A flooded petrol station in Staines

Floodwater encroached on parts of a petrol station forecourt in Staines.

A lorry driver was lucky to avoid serious injury after colliding with a fallen tree during high winds on the A39 near Bridgwater

A lorry driver was lucky to avoid serious injury after colliding with a fallen tree on the A39 near Bridgwater, Somerset.

Heavy winds and huge waves batter coast of Port Quin, Cornwall

Heavy winds and huge waves battered the coast of Port Quin, Cornwall.

A lorry overturns on the M62 motorway at Scammoden water in West Yorkshire

A lorry overturned on the M62 motorway at Scammoden Water in West Yorkshire.

Waves break over Porthcawl harbour, South Wales

Waves battered Porthcawl harbour in Glamorgan.

A car crashes onto bollards in the treacherous weather conditions on the City Road in Tividale, West Midlands

A car crashed onto bollards in the treacherous weather conditions on City Road in Tividale, Staffordshire.

The Union flag flying above the harbour master's office on the Cobb at Lyme Regis

A wind-battered union flies above the harbour master's office on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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