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Three people have died, hundreds of thousands of homes have been left without power and travellers suffered transport chaos after hurricane-force conditions battered Britain.
The Met Office lifted its amber warning as the heart of the storm blew away from Norfolk and over the North Sea, leaving a trail of destruction and disruption behind it.
Winds of up to 100mph had swept through the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England after first hitting land in the early hours.
Falling trees killed a man in his 50s from Harrow in north west London as he drove through Watford in Hertfordshire and a 17-year-old girl was killed as she slept in a static caravan in Hever, Kent. Neighbours said they came forward with chainsaws to help free Bethany Freeman after the 30ft tree completely crushed the home.
Some 300,000 homes suffered power cuts at some point, the Energy Networks Association said, with energy now restored to around 30,000.
Falling trees and other debris covering railway tracks caused travel misery for thousands of commuters, with trains and London Underground services suspended.
The port of Dover in Kent had to shut, more than 130 flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled and many roads were impassable due to fallen trees.
Debris falling on to power lines also caused a nuclear power station to automatically close down both its reactors, leaving its own diesel generators to provide power for essential safety systems.
The Environment Agency said there were 12 flood warnings in place across the South West, the Midlands and the East of England. There were also 130 flood alerts telling people to be prepared for flooding.
A falling tree destroyed three houses when it fell on a gas main and led to an explosion in Hounslow, west London.
An elderly woman was taken to hospital following the blast and three people were rescued by London Fire Brigade. Station manager Matt Burrows described the “scene of utter devastation” found at the scene.
A double-decker bus “rolled over” in Suffolk, injuring the driver and several passengers. Witnesses told police the vehicle blew over at 8am in Hadleigh, rolling on to its side and coming to a stop in a field.
In central London, Whitehall was closed both ways between Parliament Square and Horse Guards Avenue after a crane collapsed on to the roof of the Cabinet Office.
A ferry carrying 1,000 people from Newcastle to Amsterdam was forced to return to sea after the storm caused officials to close the port of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam.
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