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Europe also suffers from big storm

Published 28/10/2013 | 12:06

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A fallen tree blocks the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam (AP)
A fallen mature tree blocks the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts lashed southern Britain, the Netherlands and parts of France on Monday, knocking down trees, flooding low areas and causing travel chaos. Amsterdam police said a woman was killed when a tree fell on her in the city and Dutch citizens were warned against riding their bicycles because of the high winds. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)

The huge storm which battered the south of England also hit the Netherlands and parts of France, knocking down trees, flooding low areas and causing travel chaos.

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Thousands of homes in north-western France lost electricity, while in the Netherlands several rail lines closed and airports suffered delays . Dutch citizens were warned against riding their bicycles because of the high winds, and Amsterdam's central railway station was shut by storm damage.

One woman was killed in Amsterdam when a tree fell on her.

The storm has hurricane-force gusts but is not classified as a one since it did not form over warm expanses of open ocean like those that batter the Caribbean and the eastern United States.

Sweden's Meteorological Institute upgraded its advisory , warning that a "class 3" storm that could pose "great danger to the public" as it hits western and southern Sweden.

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