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Last Updated: Thursday January 18 2007 17:26 GMT

Seven killed as storms batter UK

Waves in Blackpool

Seven people have died as strong winds and lashing rain brought chaos to parts of Britain on Thursday.

Four people died on the roads and two people have been killed in accidents caused by winds in Manchester.

A two-year old boy also died after a wall collapsed on him in north London. Gales have reached up to 70 mph and it's snowed in Scotland.

The weather has caused power cuts and travel problems all over Britain, and caused lots of damage.

A sign in submerged in Bosham Hoe, England

At least three of the people who died were killed by trees or walls falling onto them, and one died when the lorry he was driving turned over in the wind.

A ship sank in the English Channel 40 to 50 miles off the Cornwall coast. All 26 crew of the MSC Napoli had abandoned ship to a lifeboat.


It's thought the winds could get even stronger and things might get even worse.

Forecasters say temperatures could fall over the next few days, with rain turning to snow in many places.