STORM Bronagh is battering North Staffordshire and causing disruption across the district tonight.
Dozens of homes are without electricity as a result of high winds affecting power cables.
More than 100 homes are affected in Leek, Rudyard and Caverswall.
Winds speeds of up to 65mph have been reported in parts of the UK as the storm rages.
Heavy rain has flooded many roads as drains struggle to cope and the emergency services are urging motorists to drive with extra care.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the rivers Churnet, Tean, Hamps, Manifold and Dove in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
A Met Office spokesman said a yellow severe weather warning will be in place until 9am tomorrow.