Storm Ali batters Britain with 60mph winds and heavy rain

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Travel disruption and power cuts possible as severe gales forecast for large part of UK

Storm Ali has begun to make itself felt with winds of up to 60mph across Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland and England, as the first named storm of the season arrived in time for the morning rush-hour.

Travel disruption, power cuts and flying debris are possible as the storm sweeps through, with severe gales and heavy rain forecast for a large part of the UK. There is potential for damage to buildings, fallen trees, road closures and, in coastal areas, large waves.

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