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One dead as Storm Doris hits British Isles
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017

One person was killed by falling debris on Thursday as Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles, also causing flight disruptions at Europe's busiest air hub and power outages.

A 29-year-old woman suffered a fatal head injury from a piece of debris blowing down onto the street in Wolverhampton, central England.

As the storm swept through London, police said a man was taken to hospital in a serious condition following reports of debris falling from a building near Victoria Station.

A girl was left with life-threatening injuries in Milton Keynes, north-west of London, after a school ceiling collapsed in an accident police said was possibly linked to Doris.

The gales caused around 10 percent of flights to be scrapped at London Heathrow Airport, although an airport spokeswoman told AFP the travel hub was operating normally again on Thursday evening.

In Britain, the top wind speed of 94 miles (151 kilometres) per hour was recorded at Capel Curig near Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

In Ireland, wind speeds of 87 mph (140 kph) were recorded at Mace Head in County Galway on the Atlantic west coast.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said several paramedics were sent to the fatal incident in Wolverhampton.

"On arrival, crews found a woman who had suffered very serious head injuries," a spokesman said.

"Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene."

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "The incident is believed to be related to Storm Doris."

Rebecca Davis, a 40-year-old teacher who saw the victim receiving emergency treatment, said the debris "was a big piece about the size of a coffee table".

Fallen trees, flooding and debris on the tracks hit train travel, with Network Rail saying "significant disruption throughout the country" was caused by the storm.

Speed limits of 50 mph (80 kph) were imposed on several train lines in Britain, while many trains were cancelled, including services linking London with Manchester and Liverpool.

The Port of Liverpool in northwest England was closed due to the winds, while some ferry services to Scotland's west coast islands were disrupted.

Some roads were shut due to snow and strong winds, which toppled large vehicles.

The Republic of Ireland's state Electricity Supply Board said it had restored power to more than 49,000 customers who were left without electricity, although around 4,000 customers would be without power overnight.

In neighbouring Northern Ireland, NIE Networks said they had restored electricity to around 24,000 customers, with some 500 still affected.

Four dead as 'worse storm in years' buffets California
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
A devastating storm billed by forecasters as the worst to hit California in years pounded the southern half of the state, wreaking devastation that claimed four lives, authorities said on Saturday. The powerful storm blew in from the Pacific Ocean, hitting California on Friday with high winds and heavy rain that downed power lines, leaving 60,000 people in the Los Angeles area without power ... read more

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