Hundreds of homes without power after Storm Mathis brings winds of up to 93mph

Southern parts of England have already been battered (Pictures: Met Office/George Cracknell Wright)

Hundreds of homes were left without electricity after torrential rain and high speed winds last night.

The south of England and Wales saw the brunt of the chaotic weather from Storm Mathis, which has been making its way through Europe.

More than 400 homes lost power in Cornwall, with winds in Gwennap Head near Penzance hitting 93mph.

Locals all over the seaside county woke up to traffic disruption, with trees blocking roads and wet conditions.

This morning saw terrifyingly huge waves in East Sussex and similar conditions in the village of Rothley, Leicestershire.

Footage shows spray reaching incredible heights before crashing back into the rough sea.

‘It’s not particularly unusual to have unsettled weather in the transition between winter and summer,’ a spokesperson from the Met Office told

People walking across London Bridge in wet and windy weather this morning (Picture: George Cracknell Wright)

The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for wind until 12pm today, covering Brighton, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cardiff and Swansea.

A warning for rain is in place for a smaller part of the country until 6pm tonight, covering Plymouth, parts of Cornwall and areas in Exeter.

Storm Mathis, named by France’s meteorological office Météo-France, is a deep area of low pressure.

It is moving eastwards this morning, bringing spells of strong southerly winds, a lull, and then strong west or north-westerly winds.

Coastal areas can expect to see 50mph to 60mph gusts, with higher ground looking at the potential of 70mph.

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Heavy rain is set to accompany these winds in parts of the country tonight, with Devon and Cornwall facing 15mm to 25mm of rainfall.

There is a chance of some flooding today but the meteorologists believe the rain will slowly start to ease tonight.

The Met Office added: ‘The weather will settle down into the weekend and through Monday before further wet and windy weather approach from the west on Monday night into Tuesday.

‘Looking further ahead, there are signs of higher pressure moving in from the North East of the UK which will help settle the weather again, at this stage there is some uncertainty over how far this could spread across the UK.’

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