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UK Power Networks said as many as 28,500 homes in the county were without power as workers battled to restore supplies and emergency services clear roads.
Many properties and roads have been flooded around the county, with people having to abandon their cars in some areas and the Environment Agency issuing more flood alerts today.
Kent Police warned motorists to beware of fallen trees obstructing many of the county's roads - including motorways, A roads and minor roads.
Among the weather-related incidents in Kent:
The weather has also caused structural damage to properties. A 20ft wall collapsed in Cooks Lane, Sittingbourne at just before midnight - narrowly missing a man.
And the side of a house collapsed in Sydenham Street, Whitstable at 3.40pm yesterday, but no one was injured.
Chief Supt Alison Roden said: "We have responded to a large number of incidents during the night and continue to deal with the aftermath of the storm.
"We have been in constant touch with our emergency service partners and other agencies to ensure that the response has been co-ordinated as effectively as possible.
She added: "A number of police officers and staff have stayed on duty long after they were due to go home and I am grateful to them for showing such dedication to keeping Kent safe and getting things back to normal.
"There is also a fantastic effort to clear trees, fix power cables and sort out the flooding issues by all of the different agencies."
Police added many power cables have also been brought down and could be dangerous if touched.
People are advised to report fallen power cables to the UK Power Networks emergency number on 0800 783 8866.
Contractors are working to clear the roads as quickly as possible, but police advised motorists to be extra careful and to keep their speed down in case they need to stop suddenly.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said among the calls it received were from people who had driven into flood water mistaking it for a puddle - before finding the water coming up to their door windows.
Southeastern said buses will continue to replace trains between Tunbridge Wells and Robertsbridge due to a landslide of the railway embankment at Wadhurst at the weekend.
And services will start to wind down earlier than usual this evening so passengers are urged to check before they travel.
The Highways Agency - which has issued an amber warning for rain - said drivers of high-sided vehicles, and others affected by strong winds, should also avoid the:
Police urged people heading out on the roads to:
Met Office forecasters predicted the strongest would be across the south, with coastal routes particularly affected.
Up to 60mm of rain could fall in some areas, posing problems where the ground is already saturated. This will also bring the risk of road surface water and river flooding.
It said the public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel with the possibility of flooding in some areas.
John McTaggart, the Highways Agency's head of on-road services, said: "Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.
"Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.
"In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow the clearly signed diversion routes."
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