BUILDINGS were damaged, trees brought down and main streets turned into rivers as gale force winds carrying rain, lightning and even snow crossed Britain yesterday.
Most of the country woke to chaotic scenes, with trains and ferries cancelled and arterial roads blocked by falling trees.
Up to 200 flights had to be cancelled or diverted from airports around London alone, as hurricane-force wind up to 150km/h rushed up the English Channel.
More than 10,000 homes were left without power when lines were brought down and schools in Kent and East Sussex closed as the weather bureau issued severe weather warnings for most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with the latter having blizzard-like snow storms.
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