Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

St Jude storm kills 13 in Germany, Britain, Netherlands and Denmark


St Jude storm, the severe European windstorm has claimed lives of at least 13 people.

Out of 13, six death have been reported from Germany, five in Britain and one each in Netherlands and Denmark.

The mother and her child died when a tree fell on their car near Gelsenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia. Similarly, a sailor died near Cologne, Germany when his boat capsized on a lake.

In Hounslow, west London, one man died in house collapse following a suspected gas explosion. Three houses collapsed and two others were damaged following the explosion this morning, London Fire Brigade said in its website. Similarly a sleeping teenage girl died when a tree fell on a caravan in Edenbridge, Kent.

Winds of up to 100mph has swept through the southern UK, The Guardian reported in its live reporting section.

Heathrow Airport has cancelled more than 130 flights and express trains between central London and Gatwick have been cancelled. 

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A nuclear power station in Kent, southern England has shut its two reactors.

Several bridges have been closed in Denmark as the storm hit the west coast of Jutland. Similarly, Sweden has cancelled all passenger trains in the south of the country.

The St Jude storm is also known as Carmen, Cyclone Christian and Simone in several European countries.

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 29, 2013