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

Hurricane-force winds areforecast to disrupt road, rail and airport networks on Mondaywhen one of the strongest storms in decades is expected to hitthe southern half of Britain during rush-hour, forecasterswarned on Sunday.

Local media dubbed the storm "St. Jude", after the patronsaint of lost causes who is traditionally celebrated on Oct. 28,and made comparisons to 1987 when a storm killed 18 people inBritain and felled some 15 million trees.

The storm is expected to bring 80 mph (130 kph) winds andheavy rain to Britain early on Monday morning. The strongestwinds could affect commuter routes north of London and acrossthe central region, the Met Office said.

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