Wind gusts approaching almost 80 km / h hit England and Wales with weather warnings for further strong winds that will take effect in the weekend.
The Met Office for most of the United Kingdom issued a yellow wind warning on Friday and Saturday, which means that delays are likely to be on the road, by train, in the air and by ferry.
Large vehicles that drive over exposed roads and bridges must also expect to be slowed by the weather, predictors say.
With office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "Up to and including Friday and Saturday there will be some more strong wind and heavy rain."
The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing, a major shuttle route across the River Thames, was closed for about three hours on Thursday morning due to unsafe wind speeds, said Highways England.
Essex Police warned motorists to expect long delays on roads in the area.
"At night, 285 houses in Cornwall lost electricity because of the bad weather while others in the area experienced a short dropout of three minutes or less," Western Power Distribution said.
A 76 mph gust of wind was measured on Thursday morning in Capel Curig, North Wales, as well as a 67 mph gust in Aberdaron on the west coast of the country.
In the southeast of England 54 mph wind was measured at Langdon Bay in Kent and winds of 52 mph in Thorney Island, West Sussex.
The strongest wind measured by the Met Office & # 39; night was 79 mph on the Isle of Wight.
It is expected that the wind will decrease later on Thursday before the stormy weekend.
M. Wilson said on Thursday: "There will be a wet and windy feeling this morning, but the wind will lighten a little bit for the rest of the day.
"There will be a mixture of sunshine and showers, with the showers mainly in the west."
The yellow weather-alert runs from 12:00 on Friday to 18:00 on Saturday.