Hurricane-force winds are
forecast to disrupt road, rail and airport networks on Monday
when one of the strongest storms in decades is expected to hit
the southern half of Britain during rush-hour, forecasters
warned on Sunday.
Local media dubbed the storm "St. Jude", after the patron
saint of lost causes who is traditionally celebrated on Oct. 28,
and made comparisons to 1987 when a storm killed 18 people in
Britain and felled some 15 million trees.
The storm is expected to bring 80 mph (130 kph) winds and
heavy rain to Britain early on Monday morning. The strongest
winds could affect commuter routes north of London and across
the central region, the Met Office said.