Storm claims 13 lives in Europe

October 29, 2013 12:29 pm

Storm claims 13 lives in Europe

London 29th October 2013: One of the most powerful storms in Europe in years killed at least 13 people on Monday, with the UK and Germany hit the hardest.

At least six people died in Germany, while there were five deaths in Britain and one each in Netherlands and Denmark with most victims crushed by falling trees.

Gusts of 119 miles per hour were recorded over the North Sea. The storm brought down trees, blew roofs off houses and turned over trucks.

Two people died when their car was crushed by a falling tree in Gelsenkirchen and two children in the car were injured.

A 17-year-old girl was killed in Kent, in southeast London when a tree fell on the caravans her family was living in while renovation work was taking place at their home.

Four people were killed in north-western Germany when trees fell onto the vehicles. A 50 year old man was killed when a tree crushed his car in the town of Watford.

A gas explosion killed two people in London.

A fisherman and a sailor were killed in Germany. A woman was swept out to sea at Belle-Ile in Brittany, western France.

Power cuts hit 600,000 homes in UK. In northern France, as many as 42,000 homes suffered power cuts.

A crane smashed into the Cabinet Office, a ministry in the heart of London, forcing Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to cancel a news conference.

Most train companies in southern England cancelled some early morning services yesterday. Several lines on the London Underground were also affected.

Some flights were canceled. At least 50 flights were cancelled at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands.

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