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Monday, 28 October 2013

Four dead as hurricane-level storm hits southern UK during the night and this morning.

Four people were pronounced dead after a storm battered southern Britain, leading to 600,000 homes losing power, and rail and flight cancellations.
The storm, which saw heavy rain fall across many areas and wind speeds of more than 70mph, left the UK shortly after 12:00 GMT - leaving a "broadly windy day".
The strongest gust of 99mph (159km/h) was recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, at 05:00 GMT.
A teenager in Kent and a man in Watford were killed by falling trees.
A man and a woman died in west London after a falling tree caused a suspected gas explosion and house collapse.
Train companies are running reduced services but say they hope to run full services on Tuesday.
Households which lost power earlier had been reconnected, but more had been cut off as the storm moved north and eastwards.
The photo below shows the scene at various places in the UK
The driver and a passenger were hurt when this bus blew over in Suffolk 

Workers have cleared the track at Alton in Hampshire, as this picture tweeted by South West Trains shows
Passengers wait on concourse at King's Cross station after train services were cancelled
The 17-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries when the tree crushed the caravan 

Hundreds of trees fell across the country 
                   Three houses collapsed and two others were damaged in a suspected gas explosion in west London

The Environment Agency had dozens of flood warnings in place - in areas of south-west England, East Anglia and the Midlands where flooding was expected, but the number is now down to four. There are also more than 100 flood alerts, where flooding is possible, across England and Wales.

Forecast showing wind and rain over the UK at 13:00

                                   Forecast showing wind and rain over the UK at 13:00

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