Over a dozen die as hurricane force winds hit northern Europe
Waterford man (51) killed when tree falls on his car in Watford
A tree blocks the pavement outside Strand station, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The scene in Francis Road, Leyton, east London after the storm. Photograph: Mark Davies/Marky Boy/PA
A general view of the scene in Hever, Kent, where a 17-year-old girl was killed when a tree blew on to the caravan where she was sleeping. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
More than a dozen people were killed as hurricane strength winds battered northern Europe yesterday, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys.
At least seven people died in Germany while there were four deaths in Britain and fatalities in the Netherlands, Denmark and France as the storm, called St Jude, brought down trees, blew roofs off houses and turned over trucks, causing chaos across much of the region.
In Germany, falling trees killed several drivers, at least one man drowned and a 66-year-old woman died when a wall collapsed on her, German media reported.
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The storm had barrelled in, with gusts of up to 160 km/ph, leaving a trail of damage across parts of southern Britain, before heading eastwards into mainland Europe.
Ferries which had been cancelled between Britain and Ireland are due to run today. Eurocontrol said the level of flight delay across Europe was much better today at quite low levels . London’s Heathrow airport said operations were returning to normal.
Winds of more than 150 km/ph swept across the low-lying Netherlands, killing two. Uprooted trees smashed cars, homes and sank a houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. Roofs were blown off buildings and several houseboats were ripped from their moorings, police said.
A woman died in Amsterdam when a tree fell on her. A 24-year-old man who was struck on the head by a branch while cycling in the central city of Veenendaal died in hospital. The storm brought trains to a standstill across much of the country, and services had not fully resumed yesterday evening.
Fifty flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled and Rotterdam Port, Europe’s busiest, said incoming and outgoing vessels were delayed.
In France, a 47-year-old woman was found dead after being swept out to sea during a cliff walk on Belle Ile, an island off France’s northwestern Brittany coast where the high winds generated waves of 5 to 6 metres, local authorities said.
Winds topping 100 km/ph struck the north and northwest of the country felling trees, whipping up seas and cutting power supplies to around 75,000 homes, according to the ERDF electricity distribution company.
Homes and businesses were counting the cost of the damage as a British Met Office spokeswoman said the worst of the storm in Britain had passed by late morning as it headed east.
A Danish man was killed in Gilleleje, north of the capital Copenhagen, by a collapsing wall and a woman was injured when she was trapped under a fallen roof in the province of Jutland.
Nearly 1,100 passengers had to ride out the storm on a heaving ferry from Newcastle in Britain to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden after strong winds and heavy seas blocked it from docking in the morning. The ship returned to the North Sea to wait for the wind to die down rather than risk being smashed against the harbour’s walls, Teun-Wim Leene of DFDS Seaways told national broadcaster NOS.
Irishman 51-year-old Donal Drohan, originally from Waterford, died after a tree fell on his car as he drove through Watford north of London shortly before 7am yesterday. Mr Drohan had been living in Harrow.