Storm Mathis: Homes left without power after Met Office warning as 93mph winds hit UK
The storm brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of southern England on Friday morning
Hundreds of homes were left without power by Storm Mathis on Friday, as 93mph winds battered the south of the country.
Up to 700 properties in Cornwall were left with no electricity for a period on Friday morning, with homes in Bude, St Ives, Redruth and Hayle all affected by power cuts.
The Met Office said wind speeds from the storm had reached speeds of almost 80mph between Thursday and Friday.
And voluntary organisation the National Coastwatch Institution said it had recorded a wind speed of 93mph at Gwennap Head, near Penzance, Cornwall.
The storm brought travel chaos, with Sandbanks chain ferry from Poole to Studland in Dorset suspended on Friday morning because of the windy weather, and fallen trees blocking roads.
There were also long queues of HGV lorries into the Port of Dover on Friday morning as winds affected ferry services.
The Met Office said the highest wind speed from Storm Mathis was recorded at 8am on Friday at The Needles on the Isle of Wight, and was 79mph.
It issued a wind warning for the south of England in place until midday on Friday, but said conditions will ease for the rest of the afternoon into the weekend.
A Met Office yellow warning for rain, covering large parts of Devon and Cornwall, is in place until 6pm on Friday.
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The yellow warning means there will be heavy rain leading to some travel disruption and a chance of some flooding in places.
A wind speed of 66mph was recorded on the Isles of Scilly at midnight, the Met Office said.
A Met Office spokesman told Yahoo News UK: "The area of low pressure will continue to move eastwards through the day and the wind speeds will reduce, with the strongest winds offshore in the English Channel and over northern France, which is why the French National Meteorological Service have named Storm Mathis.
"Although it will be windy, there are not expected to be notable impacts from now through the day as the winds ease.
"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."
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