Heavy Winds Cause Damage, Travel Delays Throughout Europe

The New York Times and other sources are reporting that hurricane-force gusts caused significant damage across southern Britain, the Netherlands, France and Germany on Monday. The Times reported that the wind knocked down trees, flooded low areas and caused travel severe travel delays. Seven deaths were reported.

London's Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest, cancelled at least 130 flights and express trains between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended. Huge waves forced the closure of the port at Dover, cutting off ferry services to France.

BBC forecasters say the storm has now ended in the UK, but disruption across southern Britain remains. Network Rail says the damage has been "worse than expected" with more than 100 trees on the lines, but some train services have resumed

Weather forecasters say it was one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. Gusts of 99 miles per hour were reported on the Isle of Wight in southern England, while gusts up to 80 mph hit the U.K. mainland.