- Title: VARIOUS: At least 12 people are killed as strong winds hit Europe
- Date: 19th January 2007
- Summary: (EU) LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 18, 2007) (REUTERS) WINDY STREET IN CANARY WHARF TWO PEOPLE HANGING ON TO LIGHT POST PEOPLE BEING BLOWN BY THE WIND AS THEY WALK OUT OF BUILDING / PERSON LYING ON GROUND AFTER BEING KNOCKED OVER MAN HOLDING ONTO LIGHT WOMAN SEEKING SHELTER BEHIND WALL IN STRONG WINDS MEN STRUGGLING TO WALK THROUGH THE WIND VARIOUS OF OFFICE WORKERS WATCHING
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- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Weather
- Story Text: At least 12 people were killed on Thursday (January 18) as strong winds lashed northern Europe, bringing down trees, causing travel chaos and forcing helicopters to pluck stranded sailors from the English Channel.
Britain was the worst hit with seven people killed as winds gusted up to 99 mph (159 kph).
Four motorists died as gales battered the country, two people were killed in the northern town of Manchester and a boy died after a wall collapsed on him in London.
Rescue services winched 26 sailors to safety after they were forced to abandon their container ship when it began sinking in stormy seas in the Channel.
Germans were told to stay indoors and many schools across the country closed early as rare hurricane-force winds bore down on them, killing at least three people and seriously disrupting air and rail travel.
Rescue services said they had mobilised extra staff to prepare for potential flooding and destructive winds.
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