Monday, October 28, 2013
Storm Batters Southern Britain
A teenager in Kent and a man in Watford have been killed by falling trees as storm batters parts of Britain. About 270,0000 homes are without power, while rail services across much of southern Britain have been cancelled as high winds brought down tress. Network rail said, the damage was "worse than expected" while 130 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow airport. Met office said a gust of 99mph (159 km/h) was recorded at Needles old Battery, Isle of Wight, at 5.00 GMT. The environment agency has issued 12 flood warnings-in south- west England, East Anglia and te Midlands, there are also 132 flood alerts across England and Wales. In addition, it has been reported that three houses have collapsed and others have been damaged following a gas explosion caused by fallen tree on Bath Road, Hounslow. A double-decker bus "rolled over" in Suffolk, injuring the driver and several passengers. Both reactors in Dungeness power station B units have been automatically shut down as the power to the site was cut off. The helter-skelter at Clacton Pier in Essex has blown down butthe structure has not fallen down into the sea. Deputy prime ministe has cancelled his monthlyn press conference because of a crane collapsed on the roof of the cabinet office. airports including Heathrow and Gatwick are warning of possible delays to flights, advising passengers to check with he airlines.