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Travel chaos and power cuts as Storm Katie batters England

By Kate Ferguson

A man is feared to have died as Britain was battered by Storm Katie which packed winds of more than 100mph.

While Northern Ireland enjoyed bright sunshine, in England those heading home from the long Easter break faced travel chaos as planes were diverted, trains delayed and heavy rainfall left roads treacherous.

Police launched a search for a man whose kayak capsized yesterday in the River Wey in Surrey, which the Environment Agency on Sunday night warned was at risk of flooding.

It comes after air passengers were left sick and in tears as their planes were hit with severe winds. Dan Prance (27), from south London, branded his trip back from Budapest the "worst flight of my life" and said passengers were so relieved when they finally touched down that many burst into tears.

More than 100 flights in and out of Gatwick and Heathrow were cancelled or diverted because of the bad weather.

Around 100,000 homes were hit by power cuts while railway passengers returning home after the long Easter weekend endured delays.

Cranes collapsed, trees were blown over and trampolines upended as Storm Katie swept over Britain. The Environment Agency issued 131 flood alerts and 24 flood warnings.

The Port of Dover closed for a period yesterday, while elsewhere roofs were ripped off buildings.

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