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Storm in U.K. and Netherlands brings travel chaos

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Millions of U.K. commuters were advised to stay at home today as the worst storm for five years forced all forms of transport to cancel services.

tree-on-rails-stormThe country braced overnight for hurricane-force winds and flooding caused by torrential rain after the Met Office issued an amber alert and warned of wind gusts in excess of 80 miles per hour (129 kilometers per hour).

Hurricane strength winds battered Britain and the Netherlands on Monday, killing five people, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys before the storm barrelled further into mainland Europe.

The port of Dover had to shut, more than 130 flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled and many roads were impassable due to fallen trees.

On the London Underground, only three lines - Victoria, Hammersmith & City and Waterloo & City - were operating normally through the morning rush-hour.

There were no trains at all running on London Overground, while there were part -suspensions on the Central, District, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

In France, winds topping 100 kph struck the north and northwest, felling trees, whipping up seas and cutting power supplies to around 75,000 homes, according to the ERDF electricity distribution company.

On Tuesday, Met Office reported that it will remain breezy, and mostly dry with a good deal of sunshine, but perhaps a few scattered showers affecting London and Kent especially. Feeling colder than of late. Maximum Temperature 13 °C.
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