In pics: Storm Eleanor batters UK and Ireland

Children stand on the sea front in Aberystwyth (Aaron Chown/PA)
Children stand on the sea front in Aberystwyth (Aaron Chown/PA)

Storm Eleanor has lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph, leaving thousands of homes without power and hitting transport links.

Widespread disruption is expected on Wednesday after the storm swept across the country overnight carrying heavy rain, hail and dramatic thunder and lightning.

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