Some flights at London's Gatwick Airport have been diverted due to high winds battering much of Britain.

Four flights were unable to land early Monday morning because of winds associated with Storm Katie.

Britain's Met Office said winds of 87 mph (140 kph) had been reported on the Isle of Wight and winds of 77 mph (124 kph) hit the British mainland on the west coast.

Several highway bridges were closed as a precaution. Wind warnings were issued for London and parts of southeastern England. There was heavy rain in part of northern England and Wales.

In Brittany, in western France, 35,000 customers have lost power because of the storm, according to regional power grid official Bernard Laurans, who spoke to French news channel iTele.