PHOTOS: Deadly UK Winds Cut Power, Cause Travel Chaos

By Mark Paquette
October 29, 2013; 3:33 AM ET
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High winds have caused many problems across the United Kingdom, including cutting power to hundreds of thousands of customers in southern England.

According to Sky News, 600,000 homes were without power, and both railway and airline services have had major disruptions to their service.

The highest wind gust recorded was 159 kph (99 mph) at the Isle of Wight, while numerous gusts of more than 129 kph (80 mph) occurred along the English Channel.

Highest Wind Gusts Across the United Kingdom

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Langdon Bay
St. Catherines Point

Falling trees killed three people, according to Sky News. A 17-year-old girl was killed while sleeping in her home in Hever, Edenbridge. A man in his 50s killed in his car in Watford, Hertfordshire. Another man was killed when a tree fell on a gas main, causing it to explode.

This massive storm formed over the Atlantic and intensified rapidly, causing the strong winds to howl.

While this storm cut power and resulted in damage, this storm pales in comparison to the Great Storm of 1987.

"While this most recent storm is probably a once-in-25-years storm, the storm in 1987 was a once-in-a-century storm. That storm had the impacts of a land-falling hurricane with winds sustained exceeding hurricane force over much of southern England. That storm approached the strength of a major hurricane," Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler said. Chief Operating Officer Evan Myers experienced the Great 1987 Storm in England.

"I had never seen so many trees blown over in my life. The only experience I can compare that to was Hurricane Hazel in 1954 growing up in Philadelphia. The whole city of London was shut down: power, public transportation, everything," Myers said.

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The storm responsible for the high winds is quickly pushing to the east, and conditions are improving. The threat of damaging winds is over. Conditions should be good for cleanup over the next several days with dry weather, a moderate breeze and temperatures varying from 8 degrees C (46 degrees F) at night to 16 degrees C (61 degrees F) during the day.

Photo courtesy of Paul Appleby Photography on Facebook. Photo taken in St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Lucas Photography on Facebook. Photos taken in Isle of Dogs, United Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Karen Harrison, taken in Kent in the United Kingdom.


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