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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 10:42 GMT
At a glance: Storms lash UK
Fallen tree near Bristol
A fallen tree near the Severn Bridge at Bristol
Tens of thousands of homes are still without electricity following the storms that claimed seven lives in England and Wales over the weekend.

Here is a round-up of the damage caused:

  • There were seven fatalities including a three-year-old boy from Felixstowe in Suffolk who died after suffering head injuries when a tree fell on his pushchair and a 22-year-old woman in Oxford city centre who died after an oak tree fell on her car, crushing the roof.

  • Twelve-year-old Christopher Vince saved his brother's life on Sunday and paid with his own.

    Christopher pushed 16-year-old Ben clear as a tree was toppled by high winds at Costessey, near Norwich, Norfolk.

    Both Christopher and the family's dog were killed.

  • Wind speeds of more than 90mph were reached, the highest recorded was a gust of 96.6mph at the Mumbles in south Wales.

    However, conditions were not as severe as the great storm of October 1987.

  • Damage caused could cost up to 50m to repair, according to the Association of British Insurers.

  • Power lines were brought down, cutting off electricity to thousands of homes.

    By Tuesday, power had not been restored to 64,000 homes in East Anglia and 15,000 homes in Wales.

  • Salt blown from stormy seas short-circuited overhead power lines to the Eurostar leaving 6,000 passengers stranded on Monday night.

    The cross-border rail link between England and Scotland was halted after landslides in East Lothian.

    The East Coast line between London and Peterborough was closed because of debris on the track.

  • On Sunday, British Airways cancelled 39 flights out of Gatwick and Heathrow and passengers were trapped on incoming planes because it was too windy to get steps up the plane exits.

  • See also:

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