Hundreds of Flights Delayed and Cancelled Across Europe, Thousands Without Power, as Storm Batters Britain, France, and Netherlands

By Paul Riegler on 28 October 2013
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Aircraft at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Aircraft at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Four people have been reported killed as a major storm, dubbed the St. Jude storm in the U.K. and Christian on the continent, moved through Britain, the Netherlands, and parts of France Monday.

The BBC reported that the highest wind gust was 99 mph (159 km/h) on the Isle of Wight and gusts of 75 mph (129 km/h) hit the U.K. mainland.

Hundreds of thousands of homes in Britain were without power and rail service for a good part of southern Britain was cancelled because of downed trees.   Thousands of homes in northwestern France also lost electricity and Dutch officials warned residents against riding their bicycles to work in Amsterdam due to the high winds.

Downed trees were also responsible for the deaths of two people in Britain, a teenager in Kent and a man in Waterford, according to the BBC.  Officials in the Netherlands reported that two people had died after being struck by trees toppled by the gale-force winds.

Train service in and out of Amsterdam was disrupted after the central railway station was shut down due to storm damage, and the storm caused the city’s tram system to be shut down.   Dutch Rail said it was running an abbreviated schedule on Monday due to the storm.

As of 2 p.m. in London, over 130 flights had been cancelled at London’s Heathrow Airport according to Flightstats, a flight reporting service, and many more were delayed. Express train service between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports was suspended, and the English port of Dover was closed, cutting off ferry service to and from France.

British Airways said that it had reduced its domestic and European flights by 20% for Monday morning and that its long-haul flights were scheduled to operate on a normal schedule.

KLM cancelled 80 flights and delays and cancellations across Europe were significantly higher than normal.

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