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A hurricane-force storm called St. Jude (from the patron saint) hit the U.K. and Netherlands on Monday, causing chaos, damage and at least 13 deaths. It is being hailed as one of the worst storms in a long time.
Ninety-nine miles per hour gusts of wind battered south England, leaving plenty of damage in the storm's wake, The New York Times reports. The gusts of wind uprooted trees, brought down a crane and flipped a double-decker bus.
The deaths were spread between Britain, five; the Netherlands and Denmark, one each; and six in Germany. The cause was often falling trees. Two were killed by a gas explosion and a teenager was dragged out to sea.
Britain's transportation system, known for being beaten by mild snow, was ground to a halt in some places and some flights were canceled and trains suspended. Heathrow had to cancel 130 flights during the storm.
According to The Associated Press, the storm is not considered a hurricane due to the fact that it wasn't created over warm areas on the open ocean.
Kent's nuclear power station temporarily shut down due to storm debris. In the U.K., the storm left 270,000 without power, while winds tore the roofs off houses in northern Sweden and Denmark. In France, thousands lost electricity.
A search was also being conducted for a woman who was knocked into the Atlantic in France. Yann Bouvart of the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture said, "We are focused on the search." A helicopter, boat and Zodiac were being employed to search for the lost woman.