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Hold tight! Every part of UK to feel force of Storm Brendan

Rough going: A windsurfer braves the waves off West Wittering in West Sussex PICTURE: PA

GALE force winds have heralded the arrival of Storm Brendan, which is expected to bring gusts of up to 80mph today.

Weather warnings were put in place until midnight tonight as huge waves lashed seafronts in the west of the UK yesterday and strong winds battered Ireland.

The Met Office warned of ‘likely’ travel disruption and possible power cuts, with every part of Britain likely to see rain.

A sad end: Dolphin washed up on Chesil Beach in Dorset PICTURE: GETTY

People in western areas have been told to expect a ‘very windy period’ from 10am. And gusts of up to 50mph are possible in the east later as Brendan sweeps across the country.

Seaside communities and drivers on coastal roads should watch out for large waves and spray.

The Met Office’s Simon Partridge said: ‘As it pushes though, pretty much every part of the UK will feel the influence.’

A dead dolphin was washed up out of the rough seas on to Chesil Beach in Dorset. Photos of it were sent to the National Maritime Operations Centre.