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Gales and fallen trees cause disruption in South East

  • 28 October 2013
  • From the section England

Severe gale force winds, heavy rain and fallen trees have caused disruption across the south east of England.

Roads were closed in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, amid gusts of up to 82mph. The QE2 bridge at Dartford and the Sheppey Crossing were shut for a time.

A teenage girl was killed when a tree fell on to a mobile home in Kent.

The search resumed earlier for a teenager carried out to sea from an East Sussex beach on Sunday.

Dylan Alkins, 14, had been swimming with friends off Newhaven's West Beach on Sunday afternoon when police said he was "swept away by the current".

Dungeness B automatically shut down both reactors after power to the site was cut off. It later restarted using its own generators.

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The Port of Dover was shut for just under two hours, and cross-Channel ferry services continued to be disrupted on Monday evening.

Two P&O ferries carrying more than 400 people were held in the Channel but later made it to port.

Electricity distributor UK Power Networks told BBC News it had restored power to 149,000 properties in the south east after the high winds caused damage to power lines.

It said there were still 15,000 properties without power.

Southeastern, First Capital Connect, Gatwick Express and Southern trains were disrupted because of trees on the lines.

The Environment Agency also issued a number of flood alerts along the coast.

Gatwick Airport said six flights had been cancelled because of the weather, but it was now operating a normal flight schedule.

A spokesman said train cancellations had caused queues and congestion at the airport.

The south coast, including at Newhaven, was battered by strong winds on Monday morning
The winds brought down trees across the South East, including this one in Tadworth, Surrey
The railway line at Beltring in Kent was just one of many tracks blocked by fallen trees

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