Storm Brendan lashed Britain with snow, power cuts and 121mph gales.

Last night forecasters warned of more torrential downpours with up to 40mm of rain.

Yellow weather warnings were still in place.

More than 1,000 properties were left without power and a school was closed after a tree fell on power lines and also hit a car at Bontnewydd, Gwynedd.

Flights had to be cancelled or diverted at both Gatwick and Edinburgh airports.

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The Met Office warned that the wild conditions would wreak havoc across the transport ­network as “spray and flooding on roads” could make journey times longer.

And they added: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.”

Gale-force winds have sparked chaos on the railways after National Rail said speed restrictions could be slapped on train routes in the worst hit parts of the country.

Schools were shut and roads cut off by fallen trees in parts of Scotland. Ferries to Lerwick, Orkney and Shetland were either axed or disrupted.

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A monster gust of 121mph was recorded at the Cairngorm National Park in the Highlands, while a wind speed of 95mph hit South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

Blizzards sparked deep snowdrifts in parts of Scotland.

Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: “We are looking at wind speeds of 40-50mph inland and 60mph in coastal areas. On very exposed coasts and hills, winds could reach 70mph.”

Yesterday seven flood warnings and 79 alerts were still in place. But weather watchers ­believe that more settled weather will return tomorrow.

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