Helicopters rescued people from at least four yachts
A storm that has already lashed the south-west of England is predicted to become more widespread over the weekend.
An amber weather warning was in place for the coast of Cornwall, where gusts of up to 75mph were predicted for Friday.
The highest gust recorded so far was 69mph in St Mary’s, in the Isles of Scilly, the Met Office said.
Over the next five days, Storm Evert is forecast to move eastwards and bring with it showers, wind, and thunderstorms.
Strong winds will affect the south of England and Wales, the forecasters have predicted, and a yellow weather warning is in place for these coastal areas.
A number of people had to be rescued from the Isles of Scilly due to “life-threatening” situations caused by Storm Evert, according to the Falmouth Coastguard.
On Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday morning, the organisation received calls about 22 incidents from the water around the islands, that are situated off the tip of Cornwall.
Many of the calls were from people on yachts that were being “blown towards rocks”, Paddy Cochran of the Falmouth Coastguard said. Coastguard helicopters rescued people from at least four yachts.
In Cornwall, there were reports of fallen trees blocking some roads, and people having to leave camping sites after their tents were flattened by the storm.
Alice Cresswell, who had travelled from London to Perranporth near Newquay, told the BBC that her family was forced to spend a “stressful” night in a car after their tent collapsed.
Matthew Szczepkowski, said the “non-stop” gale force winds made his car shake had his night “absolutely horrendous”.
Some campers had to cut their staycations short due to the damage caused by the “terrifying” storm.
Bryher Campsite on the Isles of Scilly was forced to move some campers into a community hall overnight.
“We have had the campsite for six years, it’s the worst storm we’ve ever had,” its owner Tom Matthews told the BBC.
Flooding and stormy weather has also led to disruption in some other parts of England.
Cumbria County Council said 14 properties have been evacuated and some roads and footpaths have been closed due to a landslip in Parton, west Cumbria.
The Environment Agency has six flood alerts for areas including parts of south London and an area on the Isle of Wight.
The naming of Storm Evert comes on the day the Government announced that more than £860 million is to be invested in flood prevention schemes across the UK over the next year.
Evert is the first storm to be named in the month of July by the Met Office’s storm naming group, although named summer storms are not unprecedented.
In 2020, Storm Ellen hit from 19-20 August, before Storm Francis moved across the UK on 25 August.