LONDON — Hurricane-force winds reaching up to 106 miles (170 kph) and heavy rainstorms battered parts of Britain on Sunday, disrupting train services and stranding drivers at floodwaters.
The Isle of Wight watched Storm Bella’s most powerful gusts struck 106 mph, while portions of the south shore of England and north Wales also observed gusts of about 80 mph (129 kph). Flooding on the paths caused train cancellations and delays in southern England, and also a major train line to London was blocked by a fallen tree.
The majority of the providers were restored Sunday however 1,700 houses still had no electricity source.
Some 1,000 people needed to be evacuated from a flooded caravan park in Northampton on Christmas Day as heavy rain flooded the website. Severe flood warnings signaling a possible threat to life stay in the region.
Across the Channel, almost all of France was beneath storm warning Sunday, with winds around 90 mph (145 kph) enrolled on the peak of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and heavy rains and gusts lashing the Atlantic shore, according to the national weather service and utility providers. The storms have knocked out power for 12,000 houses in Brittany, Normandy, and other northern regions.