The Barclays Premier League games at Manchester City and Everton were postponed on Wednesday as severe weather battered the country and endangered fans travelling to games in the north west.
Earlier on Wednesday the Met Office issued red warnings - the highest possible - for parts of Wales and north west England in the evening.
City were preparing to welcome Sunderland to the Etihad Stadium but, with just over one hour before the scheduled 1945 kick-off, the club announced the fixture would not go ahead.
A club statement read: "Manchester City can confirm that this evening's fixture versus Sunderland has been postponed due to exceptional and escalating weather conditions.
"The safety of those in, around and travelling to the stadium complex cannot be guaranteed. This decision has been made by the Safety Officer and Greater Manchester Police.
"Both managers and the match officials understand and support this decision.
"The decision to postpone the City game was made by the stadium's Safety Officer in conjunction with police.
"A number of issues around the stadium as the wind increased in the hours leading to kick-off made the area unsafe.
"An unused programme booth blew over and part of a wall was also damaged."
Everton's home meeting with Crystal Palace was next to go, with the Merseyside club citing "building damage" around Goodison Park as the deciding factor.
A tweet from the club read: "BREAKING NEWS: Tonight's game has been called off due building damage which has led to safety concerns."
The likelihood of Stoke's game against Swansea going ahead was also diminishing as the evening progressed, with wind and rain lashing the midlands. But following two pitch inspections at the Britannia Stadium, the decision was made to simply delay kick-off by 15 minutes.
The club tweeted: "Kick-off of #SCFC v Swansea has been put back to 8pm, due to traffic issues around the Britannia Stadium."
There are three other fixtures taking place in the Premier League, all of which also involve fans travelling significant distances: Newcastle v Tottenham, Arsenal v Manchester United and Fulham v Liverpool.
A League One game was also beaten by the weather as heavy rain forced the postponement of the Sheffield United v Brentford clash. The decision was taken after a pitch inspection at 1300.
Road and rail travellers have endured a miserable day with wind and rain closing major highways and wrecking train services.
There are motorway closures in the north west, notably the M60 at Barton Bridge, making travel for fans very difficult. The M6 is also shut at the Thelwall Viaduct.
Gusts of 80-100mph have disrupted train services throughout the country, with a section of the West Coast main line in Lancashire closing between 7pm and 9pm.
Virgin Trains, which operates across large parts of the UK including between London and Edinburgh, posted a message in capital letters on its official Twitter account urging "all customers to abandon travel".
Those travelling from London through the midlands and to the north west of England had to put up with speed restrictions, with passengers warned to expect their journeys to take up to 60 minutes longer than normal.