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PHOTOS: 85-mph Winds Whip United Kingdom During Storm Barney

Storm Barney, the second Met office-named storm of the season, wreaked havoc across the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Thousands of homes were left without power across Wales, the Midlands and in southern and eastern England Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Winds were widespread in the range of 70-80 mph. A peak gust of 85 mph was reported in Gwynedd.

Downed trees and power lines caused disruption to rail service and ferry crossings even after the storm had departed.

"Overnight storm damage caused by high winds means there are no trains between Birmingham and Lichfield this morning," an announcement on Network Rail's website read Wednesday morning.

"A tree was blown onto the overhead wires in the Wylde Green area on Tuesday night causing significant damage. Engineers had to wait until the windspeed dropped and it was safe to remove it before repairs could start."

Services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton were also disrupted.

According to the Manchester Evening News (MEN), many in Manchester's city centre reported a loud whistling noise as strong winds whipped around the 47-storey Beetham Tower.

"City centre residents have complained of an unusual high-pitched noise coming from the tower for years," the MEN said.

In addition to strong winds, heavy rain also resulted in flooding for some areas.

Though the storm left the U.K. overnight Tuesday, 11 flood warnings, urging immediate action, and 27 flood alerts remained in place across England and Wales as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Though the United Kingdom will finally catch a break following back-to-back storms, Abigail and Barney, showers will accompany colder air arriving from the north Friday into Sunday.

On Saturday, high temperatures will range from 4-6 C (39-43 F) in Northern Ireland, 3-7 C (37-45 F) in Wales, 0-6 C (32-43 F) in Scotland and 2-7 C (36-45 F) in England.