Storm Aileen Lashes U.K. and Northern Europe, Knocks Out Power to Thousands, Causes Travel Woes

Chris Dolce
Published: September 13, 2017

Storm Aileen has blasted through the United Kingdom and northern Europe Tuesday and Wednesday, causing travel woes, downing trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

Aileen brought wind gusts up to 63 mph to London's Heathrow airport, and a 74 mph gust was clocked at Mumbles Head in south Wales, according to the U.K. Met Office.

The winds knocked out power and downed trees in the U.K. as Aileen moved through. About 60,000 customers lost power in Wales, according to the BBC. 

Fallen trees and branches numbered in the hundreds, which caused travel problems for railways and drivers, weather.com U.K. reported.

In rhe Netherlands, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport warned that flight delays or cancellations were possible due to the strong winds Wednesday.

Trees were also downed in Amsterdam by the high winds, according to a tweet by local television station AT5. Wind gusts greater than 50 mph have been observed there.

Storm Aileen has brought high winds to northern Germany and Denmark, as well.

Train delays have occurred in northern Germany due to the storm, according to weather.com Germany. Hamburg had wind gusts over 50 mph as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Met Office and Met Éireann name storm systems in the fall and winter seasons to raise awareness when severe weather conditions are forecast in northwest Europe.


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