Gusts of up to 74mph have been recorded in Northumberland as winds swept across the North East during the night.
A MetOffice severe weather warning for the county remains in place until 4pm with the potential for further gusts of 60 to 70mph and possible disruption to roads and transport.
At Boulmer speeds of 49mph were recorded in the early hours with gusts of 74mph at 6am today.
And while the winds may die down this evening and tomorrow further warnings are in force for later in the week.
A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track across the UK during Wednesday and into Thursday. To the south of this system, gales or severe gales are expected to develop. Wind gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely through the warning area, while gusts of 75 mph are likely around southern and western coasts and over exposed hills.
The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.
As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is also likely to push southeast across England and Wales through the period.
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