Video: Thousands without power after storm kills at least 15
Irishman among dead in hurricane-force winds which spread across northern Europe
Tens of thousands of people are without power in parts of northern Europe today after one of the most powerful storm to hit the region in years resulted in at least 15 deaths.
The coastal storm, dubbed St Jude, was powered by hurricane-force gusts that hit Britain and also continued to much of northern Europe, causing at least 15 deaths.
Six people died in Germany, five people died in Britain including one Irishman, two people were killed in Denmark, while one person died in both France and the Netherlands.
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Tens of thousands of people are without power today in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia while many commuters faced delays to their journeys.
The storm, which moved over Scandinavia, has been replaced in the UK with far lighter winds and rain, but dozens of areas in southern England remain on flood alert, the UK’s Environment Agency said.
Power and commuters
Latest figures from UK Power Networks show that some 48,000 properties in the East and 9,600 in the South East still have no electricity, more than 24 hours after the first outages.
Around half a million homes and businesses are thought to have been affected since the storm first touched the British mainland overnight on Sunday.
While many UK train services have been reinstated following yesterday’s severely disrupted operations, rail users were still asked to check travel times as delays were reported. Some services such as the Stansted Express from the London airport to the city were disrupted.
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.
Train passengers in Denmark spent the night in a sports hall due to fallen trees on the tracks. The storm left a trail of uprooted trees, damaged buildings and collapsed scaffoldings across the country.
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.
In Germany four people were killed in three separate accidents involving trees falling on cars. A sailor near Cologne was killed on Sunday when his boat capsized and a fisherman drowned north-east of the city.
In addition to widespread rail disruptions, both Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports saw many flights cancelled, stranding more than 1,000 passengers.