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Death and destruction as worst storm in a decade hits Britain

Death and destruction as worst storm in a decade hits Britain
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Britain has been battered by its worst storm in a decade.

A crane crashed down onto the Cabinet Office in London. No injuries were reported there but at least two people were killed by toppled trees elsewhere in the south of England, one of them a 17-year-old girl.

Separately, a falling tree is thought to have caused a gas explosion in the capital. Three houses collapsed. Two people have died.

Winds of up to 160 kilometres an hour lashed the south and parts of Wales, bringing down power lines and leaving 270,000 homes without electricity.

Hundreds of planes and train services were cancelled and there was major disruption to the London underground

On Sunday, even before the storm proper hit the south coast, a 14-year-old boy was swept out to sea. A search has failed to find him.

The worst of the storm in Britain had passed by late Monday

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