Strong winds and rain hit UK

  • 23 December 2013
Disruption to roads due to bad weather in Cardiff

Heavy rain and strong winds have hit western parts of the UK.

The bad weather is also disrupting road and rail travel as millions of people try to get away for Christmas.

Forecasters say winds could reach 80mph in Wales and a yellow "be aware" weather warning has been issued in Scotland.

Power cables have been blown down in parts of Cornwall and almost 3,000 homes have been left without power.

People travelling home for Christmas could face problems and some train companies are expecting services to be affected by the weather.

In London, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park will be closed throughout Monday because of the bad weather.

Forecasters say the conditions will ease off for Christmas Day and Boxing Day before possibly returning on Friday.