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Thousands left in the dark as storm hits UK

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strormThe “St Judes Day” storm lashed across parts of the UK today, described as the worst storm in decades.

Many commuters are still facing the consequences of a day of cancelled rail services, due to fallen trees and debris on the tracks.

An estimated 150 thousand people were left without power at the height of the storm, when power lines where brought down by up to 79 mph winds.

UK Power Networks said they had 750 engineers on duty, which is 5 times the usual number. They said “Engineers worked through the night and new crews are continuing today, moving from job to job to repair the damage and restore power as quickly as is safely possible. We are carrying out helicopter patrols to check overhead power lines.”

Four people died as a result of the storm that affected southern Britain. In Hounslow, West London a man and a woman were killed when 3 houses collapsed as a result of a suspected gas explosion. A woman has also been taken to hospital with burns.

Gusts of 93.15mph were recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, according to the MeteoGroup.




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