It's the nightmare before Christmas - awfully-timed storms sweeping the UK, causing widespread disruptions to the festive getaway.

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Although Christmas Day is expected to see calmer weather, more storms are expected on Friday.

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The death toll from the violent weather has risen to five, while people heading home for the holiday have had to battle with difficult conditions on roads and railways.

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Parts of Kent, including Edenbridge, Tonbridge and parts of Maidstone, have suffered severe flooding as a result of the storm.

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Network Rail says most of the network is now running again, but some lines are still affected, particularly in the West Country.

It said more than 200 trees had come down on lines during the last 24 hours and there had been "a further 100 major incidents discovered on top of that". (PA)

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“Our teams have rescued drivers who have attempted to drive through deep flood water and have come to grief, in some cases having ignored ‘road closed’ warnings.

“Don’t think that if you have a 4x4 you are immune from becoming stranded. We have had to pull a number of vehicles that have so-called ‘off road’ capability out of water. Floods don’t count as ‘off road’ terrain.”

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  • 603 cars rescued from deep flood water in 24 hours
  • Over 13,000 break-downs in 24 hours
  • 20 breakdowns per minute so far on Christmas Eve

  • 70% - the percentage of cars written off by floods

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A spokesman for rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group said: "Strong winds have damaged overhead wires and brought down more than 80 trees on to lines, and some parts of the network have been flooded overnight."

He went on: Rail staff have been working round the clock to clear tracks but many services have started later than planned to ensure repairs can be completed and blockages removed so that trains can run safely.

"As the stormy weather subsides, a growing number of train companies are running services although delays will be likely on many routes."

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The latest photos from across the UK:

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  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    DORKING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A vehicle is abandoned in rising floodwater from the River Mole at the Burford Bridge Hotel on December 24, 2013 near Dorking, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    DORKING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A man wades through rising floodwater from the River Mole outside the Burford Bridge Hotel on December 24, 2013 near Dorking, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: A man standing on a boat lifted high by floodwater gestures on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: People look at a road submerged under floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • A plane sits in flood water by submerged warning signs following heavy rain, at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

  • Christmas Eve after heavy storms hit the UK. In the Wiltshire hillside town of Malmesbury, the river Avon bursts it's banks, and a torrent of floodwater races across the already saturated floodplain. This time last year Malmesbury endured severe flooding making the national news. © Terry Mathews/Alamy Live News

  • Supermarket car park in Hookwood, Surrey. 24 Dec 2013 after the floods. This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • The giant snowglobe in Picadilly Circus popped in last night's storm. The wind was so strong it burst the snowglobe, sending fake snow all over the place.

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    Pictures show a van trapped under a fallen tree in East Sussex. One driver had a very luck escape as the Christmas Eve winds battered the British countryside.

  • Pictures show a van trapped under a fallen tree in East Sussex. One driver had a very luck escape as the Christmas Eve winds battered the British countryside.

  • Pictures show storm damage at the Kingsway Hotel in Worthing, West Sussex, England

  • Reigate, Surrey, UK. 24th December 2013. UK Weather Tuesday 24 December 2013. Flooding in Reigate Surrey © Photo by Lindsay Constable/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: Passengers' hold luggage is stacked in the departure hall of Gatwick airport's North Terminal as severe weather has caused delays and cancellations to numerous flights from the airport on December 24, 2013 in London, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Reigate, Surrey, UK. 24th December 2013. UK Weather Tuesday 24 December 2013. Flooding in Reigate Surrey © Photo by Lindsay Constable/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Luggage belonging to passengers piles up following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A woman sits on her bag as she waits for a train in Waterloo Station as severe weather has caused delays and cancellations to numerous UK rail services on December 24, 2013 in London, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Luggage belonging to passengers piles up following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A car sits abandon on a flooded road in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Storms battering the seafront at Brighton

  • Giant waves hit the Lighthouse in Porthcawl

  • Security staff stand in the "snow" from the globe whilst protecting the Eros statue snow globe in Piccadilly Circus, after it was damaged by high winds and heavy rain.

  • Bad Weather in Yealmpton, Plymouth, Britain The river Yealm starts to over flow and floods into Ford Road from heavy rain fall

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    Shoppers brave the wet and windy weather on London's Oxford Street this afternoon to grab some last minute Christmas bargains.

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    A plane takes off at Heathrow Airport as wind and rain hits UK.

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    A plane takes off at Heathrow Airport as wind and rain hits UK.

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers dash for sheler in a bus stop as they brave gale force winds on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers brave gale force winds as they do last minute shopping on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers brave gale force winds as they do last minute shopping on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Passengers wait for trains in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of Southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Members of the public use the London Underground in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: A station employee stands with a drink and a hawk to deter pigeons in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Storm waves break on the sea wall behind buildings on the Cobb as people walk on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: A man struggles with an umbrella in strong winds on a footbridge crossing the River Thames on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: The Arrivals board displays train cancellations in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: A man braves the stormy weather and walks besides beach huts overlooking the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Storm waves break on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: People brave the stormy weather as they walk besides beach huts overlooking the sea on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: A couple braves the stormy weather and walk on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Still major problems getting out of London.

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The Environment Agency has a list of phone numbers for people worried about flooding:

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It's not looking good at Gatwick. There are no trains currently serving the airport, and a power cut is causing delays at the north terminal. Latest info here:

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From the Press Association:

The Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents power companies across the UK, said 100,000 homes are without power, mainly in the south of England.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex are the worst-affected areas, while an ENA spokesman said engineers are facing "very difficult and challenging conditions" as they work to reconnect homes.

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Some dramatic pictures coming in from around the country. There's a collection here.

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Security staff protecting the Eros statue in London.

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river yealm starts floods

The river Yealm starts to over flow and floods into Ford Road from heavy rain fall in Yealmpton, Plymouth

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Southern and South Eastern rail have cancelled all services this morning. This includes the Gatwick Express.

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Sky News is reporting that the Western Isles will bear the brunt of today's winds, with gusts of up to 90mph expected.

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From the Press Association:

Many rail services were disrupted, with some companies unable to run any trains at all, while a power outage at Gatwick airport's north terminal added to flight problems.

On the roads, many major routes were flooded or blocked by fallen trees, with Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Cornwall among the affected counties.

In Dorset fire crews had to rescue 25 people trapped in their cars by flood water, while as many as 100,000 homes across the country were left without power.

The port of Dover had to close overnight due to the strong winds but reopened again at 7.30am.

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A spokesperson for Network Rail said shortly before 10pm: "Today's been a difficult day with the storms and I thank passengers for their patience as we worked clearing around 80 trees off lines and overhead wires to get them home today.

"Tonight we continue that work as the storm passes over the country, with hundreds of engineers out clearing the tracks and fixing any damage. Early tomorrow morning, as long as there has been no additional damage, we will need to check the lines are safe and get a number of trains, which were not able to run today, in the right place, so I'd ask anyone travelling to bear with us as we work to get the system up and running.

"Some routes will start up a little later than usual, and so our advice to anyone planning to travel tomorrow is to check with their train operator or national rail enquiries before they set off and to leave extra time for their journey. Rest assured we will do everything we can tomorrow to get everyone where they need to be for Christmas."

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A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said flood warnings would continue to rise as rainfall flows into rivers, swelling them to near bursting point.

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It was announced at 9pm that the Port of Dover had closed.

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