Thousands of commuters face lengthy delays to their journeys today after a storm branded by the Met Office as “the most notable in recent memory” crippled transport and services across the country on Thursday and left several people dead.
Winds between 70 and 80mph tore across Britain, blowing trees across rail lines and causing roofs to collapse at London Bridge station and Lord’s Cricket Ground. The storms also swept across northern Europe. The total death toll last night was reported at 14.
A Met Office spokesman said that while the storm’s wind strength did not match the ferocity of the 1987 hurricane, “in terms of geographical area that it is covering, this one is worse”. The Met said the wind speeds were the highest recorded in the UK in 17 years.