A woman has been killed by a falling tree which came down on her car amid high winds.
The woman, who was in her 60s but has not been named, was driving near Verwood, Dorset, at about 08:40 GMT, police said.
Winds exceeding speeds of 80mph have caused damage to property and transport disruption across parts of the UK.
All passenger services into and out of Dover have been suspended because of high winds.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind along the South East and East coast of England.
Ferry operators DFDS and P&O say all their sailing operations are currently suspended due to high water and 60 knot winds.
The Port of Dover remains open to road traffic but passengers are being warned they may face delays boarding.
DFDS said: “Please listen out to the ship announcements, staff will update you as soon as they can.”
Officials say the situation will be reviewed later this afternoon when a decision will be made on whether services can resume.
It is believed seven ferries are currently stuck between Calais and Dover.
Cars have been damaged in a street in Dorset after scaffolding collapsed in strong winds.
The structure was blown over in Dorset Street, Blandford Forum, during the early hours, closing the road.
Also in Dorset a shed was blown off its base into a road. The large shed ended up on its roof on the A351 Valley Road, Harmans Cross in Swanage.
In Cornwall a landslide has left a road blocked.
Castle Road, Bodmin has been cordoned off after banks at the side of the road collapsed earlier.
The National Coastwatch Institution at The Needles on the Isle of Wight said a winds of 109.4mph had been recorded.
It said the station had been shut and plans to “safely evacuate the watch-keeping team” were under way.
The Met Office said winds of 83mph were recorded in Plymouth and 82mph in Culdrose in Cornwall.
It has advised those attending or organising bonfire events to be mindful of the strength of the wind before setting off fireworks.
Flood warnings were also issued by the Environment Agency for Preston Beach in Weymouth and Chiswell, West Bay, Lyme Regis and Christchurch.
The agency also issued 22 flood alerts for rivers across Devon.
In West Bay, Dorset, strong winds ripped the roof off a seafront kiosk.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the seafront had now been closed “in case any further part of the structure should fail”.
Western Power Distribution said more than 1,500 properties in Somerset and 3,700 properties across Devon and Cornwall were without power after high winds caused faults.
On the south coast Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said more than 3,000 homes and businesses, including parts of the New Forest and the Isle of Wight, were suffering power cuts.
The companies said engineers were working to restore supplies as soon as possible.
South Western Railway said services between Brockenhurst, Hampshire, and Weymouth had been cancelled or delayed due to fallen trees on the line.
Southern Railway said high winds were having an impact across the network, with a reduced service running on the Brighton mainline due to a “National Grid power blip”.
Southeastern has reported delays and cancellations due to trees on the line at Paddock Wood, Deal and Whitstable.
There is also severe disruption to Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink services.
High winds have closed the pier in Bournemouth, where staff from the RockReef indoor activity had to be escorted to safety.
In Southampton, one driver escaped when a tree fell on to the bonnet of his car shortly before 09:30 GMT.
In Suffolk, strong winds have closed the Orwell Bridge. It is shut from junctions 56 to 57. Diversions are in place via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.
In Wales, roads have been closed and rail services affected with two weather warnings in place.
A yellow warning for heavy rain covers 17 of Wales’ 22 counties, with Gwynedd the only area of north Wales partially affected.
A separate wind warning runs until 18:00 and covers all southern counties.