A powerful autumn storm smashed into the United Kingdom Monday causing damage across a large area and snarling travel. Four fatalities have been credited to the storm which packed winds to 99mph.
The UK Met Office said the system was a “major storm” but that it was relatively typical of what is seen this time of year.
Many locations in the southern parts of the UK were seeing wind gusts to 70mph. Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight recorded a wind gust of 99mph.
In west London the winds brought down a tree causing a gas leak and explosion. A man and woman were killed in the resultant house collapse.
In Hever, a 17-year-old woman was killed when a tree came crashing down on her mobile home. A man driving in Watford was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle.
Rail service has been disrupted and is running at lower than normal capacity due to the storm. Heathrow and Gatwick airports saw numerous flight cancellations.
Nearly a half million homes were without power at the height of the storm. By Monday afternoon that number was down to 166,000.
Heavy rain accompanied the damaging wind prompting the Environment Agency to issue hundreds of flood alerts and warnings. That number had decreased substantially as the storm moved off to the northeast.