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Updated: 10/29/2013 01:19:00AM

Hurricane-force gusts batter UK, Europe

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People watch the waves batter into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton, south England, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane force winds is lashing much of Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

People watch the waves batter into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton, south England, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane force winds is lashing much of Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

A car is crushed under a fallen tree as a man pushes a bicycle nearby following a storm, in Hornsey, north London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force winds is lashing southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. (AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES , NO ARCHIVES

A man walks in a sidewalk partially blocked by trees outside Strand station in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force winds is lashing southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

A departure board at Waterloo Station flash the cancellations of train service in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. Express train services between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended because of the storm, and the major English port of Dover was closed, leading to a cutoff in ferry service to France. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

A departure board at Waterloo Station flash the cancellations of train service in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. Express train services between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended because of the storm, and the major English port of Dover was closed, leading to a cutoff in ferry service to France. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

A departure board at Waterloo Station flash the cancellations of train service in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. Express train services between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended because of the storm, and the major English port of Dover was closed, leading to a cutoff in ferry service to France. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

A departure board at Waterloo Station flash the cancellations of train service in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013. Express train services between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended because of the storm, and the major English port of Dover was closed, leading to a cutoff in ferry service to France. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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)

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)

Engineers look at the damage as a crane working on redevelopment at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near to Downing Street in London, was brought down by high winds, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts is lashing southern Britain, parts of France and Netherlands, causing flooding and travel delays with the cancellation of many flights and trains. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Two brothers play on a tree that was blown over in a storm on Hampstead Heath in north London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm with hurricane-force gusts has lashed southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London's Heathrow Airport. Weather forecasters say it is one of the worst storms to hit Britain in years. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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)

By GREGORY KATZ

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LONDON — A savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed.

It was one of the worst storms to hit the region in years. The deadly tempest had no formal name — and wasn’t officially classified as a hurricane due to a meteorological standard — but it was dubbed the St. Jude storm (after the patron saint of lost causes) and stormageddon on social networks.

Gusts of 99 miles per hour were reported on the Isle of Wight in southern England, while gusts up to 80 mph hit the British mainland. Later in the day, the Danish capital of Copenhagen saw record gusts up of to 120 mph and an autobahn in central Germany was shut down by gusts up to 62 mph.

All across the region, people were warned to stay indoors. Hundreds of trees were uprooted or split, blocking roads and crushing cars. The Dutch were told to leave their beloved bicycles at home for safety’s sake.

At least 13 storm-related deaths were reported, most victims crushed by falling trees. Germany had six deaths, Britain had five and the Netherlands and Denmark had one each. One woman was also missing after being swept into the surf in France.

Two people were killed in London by a gas explosion and a British teen who played in the storm-driven surf was swept out to sea. A man in Denmark was killed when a brick flew off a structure and hit him in the head.

Despite the strength of its gusts, the storm was not considered a hurricane because it didn’t form over warm expanses of open ocean like the hurricanes that batter the Caribbean and the United States. Britain’s national weather service, the Met Office, said Britain does not get hurricanes because those are “warm latitude” storms that draw their energy from seas far warmer than the North Atlantic. Monday’s storm also did not have an “eye” at its center like most hurricanes.

London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest, canceled at least 130 flights and giant waves prompted the major English port of Dover to close, cutting off ferry services to France.

Nearly 1,100 passengers had to ride out the storm on a heaving ferry from Newcastle in Britain to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden after strong winds and heavy seas blocked it from docking in the morning. The ship returned to the North Sea to wait for the wind to die down rather than risk being smashed against the harbor’s walls.


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