25 December 2013
By BBC News
Flooding is causing difficulties for thousands of people in southern England after stormy weather lashed the UK.
Three severe flood warnings are in place in Surrey and Dorset, with many people rescued from homes overnight.
And some 50,000 homes, mostly in southern England, are without electricity on Christmas morning.
Gatwick Airport said it was running a full service, but advised people to check with airlines before flying after floods caused cancellations on Tuesday.
Armed police had to be called in to man information desks and deal with furious passengers who were stranded or delayed, one man told the BBC.
A spokeswoman said all flights apart from those with British Airways would be departing from the South terminal on Wednesday.
Risk of flooding
The River Mole in Surrey has burst its banks in several areas and an Environment Agency severe flood warning – which means a danger to life – has been issued for Leatherhead.