Fierce storms cause mayhem in Europe
Hurricane-force gusts have lashed Britain as part of a powerful storm moving across Europe.
The storms played havoc with air travel, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the storm killed three people.
Authorities evacuated some 10,000 homes along the eastern English coast after warning that the country could face its worst tidal surge in 60 years.
The Thames Barrier – a series of huge metal plates that can be raised across the entire river – was being closed late yesterday to protect London. Tidal floods were expected in Britain, Germany and Scandinavia, together with freezing high winds from Greenland.