More than a hundred homes in the Burton and South Derbyshire area were without power this morning after blustery gales overnight.
Company Western Power Distribution's online power cut maps show thousands of homes throughout the UK are without electricity, including 90 in Hilton and 32 in Barton-under-Needwood.
The power cut in Hilton began at 6.08am today, Thursday, January 18, and engineers are hoping to get electricity back on to the properties by 11am.
Meanwhile, power cuts to homes in Barton-under-Needwood started at 2.05am and will not be fixed until noon, says the firm.
A Western Power spokesman told the Burton Mail that the company was currently experiencing a lot of power cuts due to the high winds, but was “working on all faults as we speak”.
A wind warning was issued by the Met Office from 9pm yesterday and continues to be in force until 11am this morning.
Weather officials had warned that there was a high potential for travel delays, power cuts and a serious risk of injury from flying debris - being whipped around by the continuing strong winds - which could cause a danger to life - as they continue today.
Derbyshire and Staffordshire’s fire and police services have issued warnings to drivers regarding the strong winds and the vast array of fallen trees around the county as a result of the blustery conditions overnight and this morning.
In Derbyshire the fire service has said a number of trees are causing obstructions and there is also a lot of scattered debris.
There are more than 20 trees blocking roads across Derbyshire, says the county council, with 50 in Staffordshire.
Meanwhile, the county’s police force has said the majority of fallen tree reports – which have been called in due to blocked roads – won’t require police attendance and will and have been referred on to Derbyshire County Council.
There are two schools closed in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Brigg Infant School in South Normanton as a result of a power failure, and Knutton St Mary's Academy in Knutton due to a gas leak.
Staffordshire police have advised members of the public to take care while travelling this morning after a high volume of calls due to strong gales and blocked highways. They have reported a high number of calls this morning from the public.
Willesley Lane close to Donisthorpe was also blocked by a fallen tree on a tight bend in the road, Leicestershire police attended the scene at 8.35am and an officer cleared the way.
Meanwhile, a fallen tree had also blocked the B5017 and A515 near Needwood, which has now been cleared.
Here are some photos of fallen trees throughout the Midlands and the UK.
A Staffordshire fire service spokesman told the Burton Mail that there were four incidents in the county last night - which involved trees blocking the road.
They said: "We had four incidents around the county last night which were logged as weather related all of which involved trees in the road.
"We of course are reminding residents to drive carefully especially in bad weather conditions and to be mindful that there may be debris in the road.
"There are more road safety tips on our website."
There are no delayed flights at East Midlands Airport as a result of last night's and this morning's windy conditions.
Part of the roof to the apartment above Brownz hairdressers in Horninglow Road North, Burton, was ripped off and is now clinging by a thread to the edge of the building.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said that highways crews were "out in force" in "quite challenging conditions" to clear the roads of debris and fallen trees.
She said: "The strong winds which hit the county last night brought dozens of trees down right across the county giving our highways crews a very busy night.
"Crews were out in force across the county in quite challenging conditions to help keep roads clear and as safe as possible.
"They will be continuing the clean-up operation over the next few days and are on call around the clock so that they can respond rapidly to reports of fallen trees or debris on the carriageway.
"While the winds have subsided and the majority of roads have been reopened I would still urge motorists to take extra care in case there is debris on the road."
Power lines in Rudyard in the Staffordshire Moorlands were also brought down and part of a barn roof was blown on to the road on the A34 at Brocton.
The A449 at Himley was also temporarily blocked by a fallen tree before being cleared.
Some of the roads affected include: Cheadle Road, Reacliffe Road and Camrose Hill in Rudyard; Congleton Road, Biddulph; Sytch Road, Brown Edge; A52 Whiston Bank; the Stakes in Kingsley; Stych Lane, Brown Edge, Station Road, Endon; Wedgewood Road, Barlaston; New Road in Featherstone; A449 Himley; Wrottesley Park Road, Perton; Heath House Lane, Codsall; Penkridge Bank Road near The Whitehouse; Six Ashes Road, Bobbington; and Teddesley Road in Penkridge.
People can report any obstructions on the roads or issues of flooding by calling 0300 111 8000, or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk.