Police have told people in Scotland not to travel, as severe winds of up to 151mph are battering the country, leaving thousands without power.
As the Met Office issued its highest warning, a red alert, hundreds of schools have shut and bridge and road closures are causing disruption.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland are also being hit by wind and rain.
Police in Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, Central Scotland and Lothian and Borders advised against all travel.
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