Strong gales and heavy rains will bring travel chaos to thousands of people hoping to get home for Christmas as storms batter the UK.
Two people died yesterday, thousands of homes were left without power and road, rail, air and sea passengers had their travel plans thrown into disarray as severe weather struck.
The Environment Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings across all of England and Wales, with a severe flood warning - the highest level, warning of danger to life - in the South West, where properties are expected to flood.
Weather forecasters are warning of more bad weather today.
Widespread rail delays and cancellations are expected to hit commuters this morning, and the Highways Agency has warned of large amounts of localised flooding and road closures.
The two people who died were caught in rivers, police said.
A man's body was pulled from the River Rothay in Ambleside, Cumbria.
The 48-year-old, from the Hest Bank area of Lancaster, was swept away by the fast moving water after he and his dog were spotted in the river at 2.25pm.
His body was recovered at 3.30pm after a search by emergency services, lake wardens, coastguard, mountain rescue and RAF rescue. The dog managed to get out of the water, police said.
The man has not been named, but officers are supporting his family. Police urged people to stay away from the water's edge and not to enter rivers or lakes.
A woman also died in a river in Gwynedd, North Wales. Police were called to Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda just before 4pm along with fire and mountain rescue teams, but the woman, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team spokesman Paul Smith told BBC Wales: "It seems the woman had gone out to check the water supply to her house.
"A little while later her partner noticed she had gone and raised the alarm.
"The place she was found is just 50 metres from her house. It's a small stream that runs off the mountain - about half a metre wide and three quarters of a metre deep - but it was in full flow."
The Environment Agency this morning had 258 flood alerts and 104 more severe flood warnings in place, almost 80 of which were in the South West and South East.
The severe flood warning is at the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor, Weymouth.
The Environment Agency said the warning was in place for high water at 11pm last night and for two hours after, and that 10 properties in the area were expected to flood.
A spokesman said: "Spray and shingle overtopping will be dangerous, the public should avoid the Preston Beach area on foot overnight."
On the roads, t he Orwell Bridge, which carries the A14 over the River Orwell near Ipswich, and the Breydon Bridge over the River Yare near Great Yarmouth in Suffolk have both been closed due to high winds, the Highways Agency said.
The QEII Bridge at Dartford also remains closed as winds are expected to exceed 60mph, and is unlikely to reopen until 5am, the Sheppey Crossing in Kent is also closed and the A2 in Kent is closed in both directions between the M2 and the A2050 near Canterbury because of a fallen power cable.
The Port of Dover is closed because of winds at speeds of over 50 knots, and delays are expected when it reopens, a spokesman said. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling.
Rail services were badly affected yesterday, with more disruption expected today.
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations at Network Rail, said staff cleared about 80 trees from lines and overhead wires to help get passengers home.
Hundreds of engineers will be out clearing tracks and fixing damage overnight, he said, and staff will be checking lines this morning to get trains running as soon as possible.
Mr Gisby said: "Some routes will start up a little later than usual, and so our advice to anyone planning to travel is to check with their train operator or national rail enquiries before they set off and to leave extra time for their journey.
"Rest assured we will do everything we can to get everyone where they need to be for Christmas."