As it happened: Storm hits southern Britain

Key points

  • BBC forecasters say the storm has now ended in the UK, but gale-force winds and heavy rain have caused disruption across southern Britain
  • A man and a woman have been found dead at a house in Hounslow, west London, following a suspected gas explosion caused by a falling tree
  • A teenager died after a tree fell on the mobile home where she was sleeping in Kent, and a man in his 50s was killed when a tree landed on a car in Watford
  • Network Rail says the damage has been "worse than expected", with more than 100 trees on the lines, but some train services have resumed
  • About 600,000 homes lost power during at the height of the storm, 200,000 of which are still cut off. The strongest gust of 99mph (159km/h) was recorded on the Isle of Wight
  • The Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent is using diesel generators to power its site after both reactors shut down automatically due to a power cut

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  • Keith Moore 
  • Martha Buckley 
  • Jane Onyanga-Omara 
  • Bernadette McCague 
  • Harry Low 
  • Gerry Holt 

Last updated 28 October 2013

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