Britain was battered by its strongest storm in a decade Sunday...and this is what much of it looked like.

Hurricane-force winds lashed at southern England and Wales, killing several people.

The storm cut power to nearly two-hundred thousand and disrupted travel plans for millions of commuters.

Trading volume in London's financial markets on Monday was down, suggesting traders, like so many others, were stuck at home.

These campers in Cornwall braved the winds.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPER, KATIE BALDWIN, SAYING:

"The wind seems to come in two sets. The first set hit the tent an angle which seemed manageable and then it was quiet for a while and then the direction changed. And...yes, I was absolutely petrified. "

The storm moved across Europe on Monday, hitting the low-lying Netherlands and shutting down all train traffic into Amsterdam.

But strong winds also affected parts of northern France, where an orange weather alert - the second highest - went into effect.

By late Monday morning, the worst of the storm had passed Britain and cities were in clean-up mode.

Britain's meteroelogical office said most storms over the UK develop out over the Atlantic.

This one, it said, developed as it crossed over the UK.

Setting the stage for weather disruptions that just don't happen here very often.

 

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