England and Wales have been whipped by high winds and heavy rain, causing floods, downing trees and stranding drivers.

Authorities in southern England say one man was killed after his car trapped under a bridge by the rising water.

Gusts reached more than 138 km/h in Wales' mountainous Capel Cruig overnight, while the rains set off a mini-landslide in the small southwestern England fishing port of Mevagissey, disrupting operations at the harbour. At midday Friday, England's Environment Agency still had 77 flood warnings in place.

Train services have been disrupted, roads closed and bridges restricted as Britons struggle to recover from the storms. The cross-Channel ferry linking England to France also reported minor delays.