WIND speeds of up to 50mph hit the Portsmouth region this morning.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning across the UK, including the south-east, urging people to be aware of the weather.
Wind speeds were particularly high in coastal areas. Transport services were expected to be disrupted.
The Met Office advised people to take care when they are out and prepare for poor conditions.
The RAC has urged motorists to postpone journeys to avoid the strongest gales.
Spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘The wind is going to be the central feature of the weather over the next few days and it’s something every motorist is going to notice when they take to the road.
‘Our advice is to take extra care, on exposed routes in particular, allow more time to get to your destination, or even delay your journey if possible to avoid driving in the strongest winds.’