Strom Mathis has battered parts of Britain overnight as 70mph winds have ripped through southern England and Wales leaving hundreds homes without power.
The French-named brutal storm was expected to cause “structural damage to buildings”, and has seen almost 700 homes left without electricity.
Last night, the Met Office warned: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to move eastwards across southern Britain during Thursday evening and Friday morning, bringing spells of strong southerly winds, then a lull, followed by strong west or northwesterly winds.
“It is likely that coastal areas will see 50-60 mph gusts, with a low probability of 70 mph over exposed hills and headlands with winds probably peaking after they veer west or northwesterly.
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