8 December 2011
Police have told people in Scotland not to travel, as winds of up to 165mph (264km/h) affected the country, leaving more than 30,000 people without power.
As the Met Office issued its highest warning, a red alert, hundreds of schools have shut and bridge and road closures are causing disruption.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland were also being hit by wind and rain.
Winds of up to 90mph (144km/h) and possible blizzard conditions are expected in north Scotland into Friday.
The severe weather hit many other parts of the UK, including:
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