A lorry driver has died and people are being evacuated from their homes as ferocious winds sweep the country.
Police said the driver died when his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian as the g ale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.
And homes in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, are being evacuated after officials warned that the lives of people in the region could be at risk from the worst coastal tidal surge for over 60 years.
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued three severe flood warnings for parts of the seaside town - the highest category, warning of danger to life.
Down the east coast, the EA has issued 26 severe flood warnings as high tides and strong winds threatened to swamp the coastline.
Officials at the Port of Dover in Kent said they have conducted a full-scale inspection of the port estate to assess the potential impact of any bad weather.
A statement from the port said: "The safety of customers, staff and the local community is paramount and the port will be taking the appropriate action to mitigate the effects of the weather as far as possible."
Officials advised ferry customers to contact their ferry operator before travelling and to monitor its website at www.doverport.co.uk and its Twitter feed.