Britain braced for hurricane-force 'St. Jude' storm

By REUTERS
October 28, 2013 01:55

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.



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