Hurricane strength winds battered Britain, the Netherlands and Scandinavia on Monday, killing more than a dozen people, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys.
Gusts of up to 99 mph (160 kph) lashed southern England and Wales in the worst storm recorded in Britain in a decade. A Danish man was killed when the storm later struck Scandinavia with undiminished force.
Southern Sweden was hit by torrential rain, and winds up to 38 meters per second blew down trees, blocking roads and bringing down power lines, leaving around than 50,000 households without electricity.
A 17-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell onto her home while she slept in Kent, southeast of London, while a man in his 50s was killed when a tree crushed his car in the town of Watford, just north of the capital.
A man and a woman were found dead in west London after several houses were damaged in a suspected gas explosion on a street where the storm blew a tree down. London police said the tree may have damaged gas pipes, causing the explosion.
Storm In Photos:
A man watches stormy seas in strong winds as waves crash on the harbour wall at Brighton marina in south east England – Reuters
A tree that fell on and killed a woman along a street, lies on a car next to the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam – Reuters
Emergency services work at the scene of a fallen tree at Bath road in Hounslow, west London
A commuter loses control of her umbrella as she braves the wind and rain while crossing London Bridge – Reuters
A fallen tree blocks the road after the St. Jude storm in Islington, north London – Reuters
The notice board at London Bridge Station shows all trains cancelled during rush hour in London – Reuters