In pics: Storm Eleanor batters UK and Ireland

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.

Lightning in Coventry (@ds_nyquist/Twitter/PA)
Lightning in Coventry (@ds_nyquist/Twitter/PA)

Flooded cars in Galway, Ireland (Emma Hayward/Twitter/PA)
Flooded cars in Galway, Ireland (Emma Hayward/Twitter/PA)

Waves crash against the sea wall in Aberystwyth in west Wales (Aaron Chown/PA)
Waves crash against the sea wall in Aberystwyth in west Wales (Aaron Chown/PA)

The river Shannon bursting its banks at Bishops Quay, Limerick, Ireland (@gneote/Twitter/PA)
The river Shannon bursting its banks at Bishops Quay, Limerick, Ireland (@gneote/Twitter/PA)

Flooding in Galway, Ireland (Michael Scott/Twitter/PA)
Flooding in Galway, Ireland (Michael Scott/Twitter/PA)

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