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Europe battered by deadly storm

Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, midnight

Britain bears brunt of 105-mph winds

LONDON – A powerful Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds claimed several lives in northern Europe on Monday and caused widespread power and public transportation disruptions.

The storm devastated parts of Britain, where officials reported gusts of up to 105 miles per hour. Fallen trees caused hundreds of thousands of power outages and blocked roads and railways.

Some 130 flights were canceled at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest.

Two people died west of London following a gas explosion that was likely the result of a tree falling on their house. Two others died when trees fell on their vehicles.

Falling trees also killed two in the Netherlands. A roof tile fell on a man in Denmark, killing him.

Across Germany, four people died after trees hit their car. On Sunday, a man died on a lake near Cologne after his boat capsized in the severe weather, while large swells likely also caused a fisherman in western Germany to drown.

A French woman in her 50s was believed to have drowned on the island of Belle-Ile, off the coast of Brittany.

A ferry from Newcastle in Britain with 1,000 passengers could not dock at the Dutch port of Ijmuiden as planned, leaving the ship to ride out the storm on the water.


 

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