Hurricane-force gusts slam UK

LONDON (AP) -- Hurricane-force wind gusts are hitting Britain, disrupting travel and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity.

Accidents linked to the storm have killed two people.

Authorities have evacuated some 10,000 homes along the eastern English coast after warning that the country could face its worst tidal surge in 60 years.

Metal plates are being put into place along the Thames (tehmz) River to protect London from flooding.

The storm plowed into Scotland overnight, slamming the highlands with gusts up to 142 miles per hour.

Rescue teams had to ferry residents to safety by boat in north Wales, while officials in other areas handed out sandbags and set up emergency shelters.

Transport troubles were reported throughout northwestern Europe as commuters raced home to ride out the storm.

Forecasters say tidal flooding is also expected in Germany and Scandinavia, and frigid air will move across Europe from Greenland.

%@AP Links


Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 234680771 - local8now.com/a?a=234680771
Gray Television, Inc.