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One killed, thousands without power supply after storm sweeps Britain

(Xinhua)

09:54, January 04, 2012

LONDON, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Gale, snow and rain swept Britain on Tuesday, killing at least one person and cutting off power supply for thousands.

The victim was a 50-year-old man from Kent in Scotland, whose van was battered by a fallen tree broken by the gale. In a similar accident in Surrey, a bus driver was severely injured.

Gale with its force culminating at 160 km per hour damaged the terminal building of the Edinburgh Airport. On the English Channel, the Port of Dover was closed.

In many parts of Britain, trees snapped by the wind obstructed railways. Train services in some areas were suspended and replaced by buses.

Trucks were toppled by the gale as well. Many bridges, such as the Kingston Bridge, were shut.

The wind also cut off power supplies. Around 10,000 households in Northern Ireland and 60,000 in Scotland were waiting for restoration in the cold weather.

Even London was pounded at noon by torrential rains, which hammered windows with loud noises, and swirling wind was shaking trees vehemently.

According to BBC forecast, rainfall will last till Wednesday and the north and east parts will continue to be fanned by high winds. Police advised people to refrain from traveling and take caution.

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