The weather across southern Britain is set to improve after heavy rain on Saturday
Heavy rain and high winds have caused flooding in parts of southern Britain, as the year's worst storm is forecast for the start of the weekend.
A severe flood warning in place earlier for Christchurch Harbour in Dorset has been lifted, but many areas in southern England and Wales have seen flooding.
Winds in the south are due to peak at 80mph (129km/h) on Saturday morning.
The Met Office predicts a "brief respite" at the end of the weekend ahead of more storms next week.
The heavy rain forecast was expected to move north into southern Scotland overnight, which could cause localised flooding.
In Haywards Heath, West Sussex, people had to be rescued from four units on an industrial estate after being flooded by about 2ft (60cm) of water.
West Sussex Fire Service advised people to go up to the first floor of the premises, and sent rescuers to take people out on boats.
The service said it had dealt with nearly 40 weather-related calls in the Haywards Heath area on Friday, and near Crawley a tree caught fire after being brought down on to power lines.
Firefighters in mid and west Wales said they had attended 141 calls. Pembrokeshire was hardest hit by widespread flooding of its road network, trapping a number of people in their cars.
One woman was rescued after being stranded by floodwater at Milford Haven and in Haverfordwest 12 people were rescued from a coach.
Firefighters were also called out across Carmarthenshire and Swansea counties for incidents caused by high winds.
Meanwhile a lane was closed on the old Severn Bridge due to the fierce winds.
Other developments include:
In west Cornwall, there are reports of water up to 2ft (61cm) deep making some roads impassable. Water came over the sea wall at West Promenade in Penzance, flooding the street, while in Padstow several properties were reported to have been affected by flash floods
Some SeaFrance crossings from Dover to Calais and LD Lines services to Boulogne suffered delays on Friday. A Port of Dover spokesman warned passengers to expect disruptions
Brittany Ferries has cancelled sailings from Plymouth to Roscoff and Poole to Cherbourg, although its services from Portsmouth to the French ports of Caen and St Malo are not affected
A windsurfer had to be rescued from "treacherous" conditions after getting into difficulty at Bigbury, near Kingsbridge in south Devon
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was closed because of flooding and sewage contamination
In Guernsey, an activity centre for dementia sufferers at Castel Hospital was closed after heavy rain caused a ceiling collapse
By 0455 GMT on Saturday, the Environment Agency had lifted its severe flood warning for Dorset. Some 35 flood warnings remained - 18 in southern England, 11 in south west England and six in Wales - as well as 97 lower "flood watch" alerts across England and Wales.
The agency and Met Office are warning people living along the coast in Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset and South Wales of a risk of sea flooding this weekend, due to high tides, strong winds and significant wave heights.
People should move valuables and irreplaceable items such as passports, certificates and wedding photos upstairs and out of the way
Councillor David Sparks Local Government Association
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