LORRIES were turned away from the M62 today as Huddersfield was battered by storms.
Gales of up to 63mph hit the town as the rest of Britain was battered by bad weather early today.
And the heavy rain will continue.
Police urged lorry drivers not to use the motorway between Outlane and Milnrow because of winds.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "We are urging drivers of all high-sided vehicles to try and find alternative routes because of the severe winds."
A similar ban was in force on the M1 near Meadowhall, Sheffield, with drivers urged not to use the Tinsley viaduct.
Elsewhere on the motorways there were speed restrictions of just 20mph on some stretches.
Weather forecasters said the gales reached 63mph at the Emley Moor TV transmitter.
The Government's Highways Agency had several reports of flooding on roads because of the heavy rain.
There were problems for drivers at the Leeds Road/Wakefield Road junction at Cooper Bridge and also on Manchester Road at Long- royd Bridge and Huddersfield Road, Thongsbridge.
Drivers had to turn back in Barnsley Road, Flockton, because of flooding.
The west of the country will be particularly badly affected by heavy rain over the next 24 hours.
A MeteoGroup forecaster said north Wales would be particularly wet. Rainfall could reach 70mm in the next 24 hours.
Capel Curig in Snowdonia will be particularly wet today, with 73mm of rain.
Meanwhile, western Scotland has seen gusts reaching more than 90mph.
In general winds have been 50-60mph.
Flood warnings were in place across parts of eastern England last night after heavy rain.
All sailings with P&O Ferries and SeaFrance to Calais, Norfolkline to Dunkerque and Speedferries to Boulogne were suspended due to stormy conditions in the Channel.
Motorists were left stranded and rivers burst their banks across parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
Cambridgeshire Police said flood alerts had been issued in relation to the River Nene in Peterborough and the Great Ouse in St Neots and for stretches of the Great Ouse and River Yare in Norfolk.