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calendar   Monday - October 28, 2013

The UK Blows

Big Storms In England

Power out, trees down, rough waves,

3 killed so far

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Two people have died, hundreds of thousands of homes have been left without power and rush-hour commuters suffered transport chaos as hurricane-force conditions battered Britain.

Winds of almost 100mph pushed across the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England on Monday morning, killing two people and causing disruption for hundres of thousands of people.

A man in his 50s was killed when a tree fell on the Peugeot 307 car he was driving in Watford, Hertfordshire, at around 6.50am. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl was killed in Hever, Kent, when a tree blew on to the caravan where she was sleeping at 7.18am.

In East Sussex, RNLI coastguards had to stand down the search for a 14-year-old boy who was swept into the sea while playing in the surf in Newhaven.

Up to 220,000 homes suffered power cuts as St Jude’s storm, UK Power Networks said.

Falling trees and other debris covering railway tracks caused travel misery for thousands of commuters, with trains and London Underground services suspended. The port of Dover in Kent had to shut, more than 130 flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled and many roads were impassable due to fallen trees. 

Train and flight schedules disrupted nationwide.

Trees down, branches down, plenty of pictures of those, but no trailer parks full of gypos sucked up by the tempest and deposited in Belgium. Rats.




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1:16 pm

Here is a quick update on the latest developments on the trains.

More than 100 trees have fallen on lines in the south of England with engineers busy working to get services up and running again.

Michael Roberts, the director-general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Train operators and Network Rail are working together to get services back up and running as quickly as possible following this morning’s disruption.

“With over 100 trees having fallen on rail lines across the South of England, the safety of passengers and railway staff is our top priority. People should continue to check the NRE website before they travel.”

1:07 pm

With lunchtime approaching its a good time for a round-up of everything that has happened this morning.

Here are the latest headlines:

A 17-year-old girl and a man in his 50s have been killed in separate incidents by falling trees
A 14-year-old boy called Dylan Alkins is feared dead after being swept into the sea in Newhaven, Sussex last night
Three homes in Hounslow, west London, have been partially destroyed after a tree fell onto a gas main and caused an explosion
The Cabinet Office in central London was damaged this morning when a crane came crashing down
About 270,000 homes were left without power across the UK after damage to power lines
The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood warnings and 127 flood alerts
Train services up and down the country have been badly affected - check latest information with operator
The storm has now passed the UK and is heading towards Holland

I feel for them, truly. But in a way their weather emergencies are almost quaint, because the country is so small. “Massive storm approaching, save the cheese!”, all England goes into panic/prep mode, the storm hits, and in 3 hours the sun is out again. In America, the storm hits somewhere in Florida or Texas and stays around for a national tour that lasts a week or longer.

We get entire towns wiped out by tornadoes. They get some trees down. But to be fair, they do get some incredible wave action down at the beach. But it’s SAFE giant waves; people pack up a lunch and run down there to watch.

And to give the Devil his final due, they do get situations we just never see ...

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early morning London commuters were chased around the Old Street roundabout by a giant beachball


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