It was a miserable return for work for thousands of West Midlands commuters and strong winds and heavy rain lashed the region.
Trees were sent toppling and drains overflowed in Birmingham to add to the gloom among workers heading back to offices and factories after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
In Weoley Castle, Severn Trent officials were called out to tackle an overflowing drain in Longbow Road, forcing diversions to be put in place as workers tried to clear the blockage.
And trees came crashing down in Selly Oak and Harborne.
One of the trees fell from Lodge Hill Cemetery into a garden in Weoley Avenue, Selly Oak, just after 9.15am.
Police helped to divert traffic while a council tree surgeon and fire crews made the tree and area safe. The house was left with slight structural damage.
Harborne Road, near the White Swan pub at the junction of Richmond Hill Road, in Harborne, was also briefly closed by police due to another fallen tree.
Fire crews were also called to the Hennalls, in Hodge Hill, after winds caused a wooden frame decorated with Christmas lights to blow over and hit an end terrace property, causing slight damage.
And residents reported wading past floating bin bags in Forest Road, Moseley, at the height of the bad weather yesterday morning.
There were also delays to London Midland trains but normal services later resumed.
In Tunbridge Wells, Kent, a van driver died after his vehicle was crushed by an oak tree in high winds.
The man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident at 12.25pm yesterday.
His vehicle was believed to have been stationary at the time, Kent Police said. A male passenger was understood to have escaped unharmed.
The weather problems were repeated across the country, with the Met Office reporting wind speeds of 106mph at Great Dun Fell in the north Pennines and 102mph in Edinburgh.
The rest of the week also appeared to hold a mixed bag of weather. Today (Wednesday) was set to be dry and bright at first but becoming cloudier later.