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80mph blast … and there’s more on way

TRAVEL chaos erupted and homes were left without power as gales touching 80mph swept Britain yesterday.

More storms are forecast for the weekend, with a yellow wind warning issued by the Met Office for most of the UK from noon today until 6pm tomorrow.

Disruption to road, rail, air and ferry travel is likely.

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford Crossing was closed for about three hours yesterday morning due to unsafe wind speeds causing long delays, said Highways England and Essex Police.

And 285 homes in Cornwall were left without power due to the bad weather, said Western Power Distribution.

The strongest wind measured was 79mph on the Isle of Wight.

The Met Office’s Mark Wilson said: ‘Through Friday and Saturday there will be more strong winds and heavy rain.’