Ferry crossings from Dover were facing delays due to bad weather overnight.

P&O Ferries said all Dover–Calais services were being disrupted by the conditions.

The Port of Dover urged travellers to allow extra time to reach the port due to ‘operations stack’ being in place to accommodate delayed lorries.

“Roundabouts in Dover are manned to keep the roads clear for local and tourist traffic,” the port said.

DFDS said Dover-Dunkerque sailings were running with delays of up to 90 minutes earlier this morning.

MyFerryLink departures were facing delays of up to one hour due to “severe weather”.

Both the Met Office and the Highways Agency issued amber weather alerts for the south-east of England last night, meaning “be prepared” for high winds.

Heavy overnight rain was expected to clear this morning.