99mph Storm Winds

October 28, 2013 by  

99mph Storm Winds, A major storm that has battered Britain with high winds and heavy rain claimed the life of 17-year-old girl today after a tree fell onto the static home where she was sleeping in Kent.

The death of the girl follows the news yesterday that a 14-year-old boy was swept out to sea in what the coastguard described as “atrocious” conditions.

A man in his 50s was also killed after a tree crushed his car in Watford this morning, police said.

The deaths came as commuters across the southern part of Britain were facing disruption on road, rail and air transport services after the storm battered the UK bringing with it winds of almost 100mph.

The weather system, dubbed the St Jude’s day storm after the patron saint of lost causes and ‘cases despaired of’, whose feast day is today, has brought down trees across the region and according to overnight reports has damaged property and left many roads impassable through floodwater.

The storm hit the South West late last night before tracking north eastwards across England and southern Wales throughout the morning.

More than 7,000 homes in Bristol and Bath have been reportedly left without power and rail and air services are facing disruption. On the roads both Severn crossings, the M4 and the M48, between South Wales and England have been closed.

Around 15,550 customers of utility company SSE were left without power, Downing Street said.

More than 220,000 homes in total have been reportedly left without electricity.

Around 130 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow airport. Network Rail has said there will be disruption on all train services in and out of London and many train companies have cancelled all of their services before 9am.

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