London weather forecast: Storm Aileen lashes UK as commuters warned of rush hour chaos

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Commuters are being warned to brace themselves for rush hour chaos after Storm Aileen lashed Britain overnight.

The first named storm this year hit the UK overnight and is expected to continue throughout the morning, with gusts of up to 75mph.

Travel mayhem is expected for drivers and public transport users across the country and in the capital.

A tree on the line at Marylebone station caused delays on Chiltern Railways services early on Wednesday.

Trains were not running through the station while staff worked to clear the tracks, National Rail said.

Motorists are also facing road closures up and down the country due to fallen trees.

Drivers have been urged to take care as they travel to work, and Highways England said people should delay their journeys if the weather worsens.

Motorbike riders and those driving caravans and lorries are at risk of their vehicles being blown over in the powerful winds.

Meanwhile, power companies are reporting power cuts overnight, affecting huge swathes of the country.

More than 800 homes were without power in Nottinghamshire, while 700 homes were affected in Lincolnshire.

The Met Office amber weather warning for wind was in place until 6am on Wednesday.

Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: “The low pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers.”

The Met Office said there was no connection between the high winds the UK is expected to see and the severe weather battering the Caribbean and the US.

The UK’s weather system originating north in the Atlantic, independent of the current hurricanes across the ocean.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Heavy rain and very strong winds have been forecast to affect parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

“Railway lines in areas affected by the worst weather may suffer disruption caused by falling trees and large branches, power cuts and debris being blown onto the track.”

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