Storm snarls travel in southern England, Netherlands
Trains, flights halted amid hurricane-force gusts in London and Amsterdam.
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LONDON — A major storm with hurricane-force gusts that lashed southern Britain Monday caused flooding and travel delays, including the cancellation of roughly 130 flights at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Express train services between central London and Gatwick and Stansted airports were suspended because of the storm, and the major English port of Dover was closed, leading to a cutoff in ferry service to France.
In the Netherlands several rail lines were closed, airport delays were reported, and citizens were warned against riding their bicycles — a favored form of transport — because of high winds. Amsterdam’s Central railway station was shut by storm damage.
Some English rail lines shut down Monday morning, and some roads were closed due to fallen trees and power lines. There were severe delays on many parts of the London Underground network and the opening of the Overground network was delayed several hours.
Air travelers and commuters were advised to check conditions before starting any journeys. Widespread delays were expected as major London train lines delayed their opening because of the winds and tree hazards.
British Airways said its long haul flights were expected to operate normally but domestic and European flights were operating on a reduced schedule with some cancellations expected throughout the day. It said Gatwick and City airport operations should not be affected.