Wind, rain storm batters northern Europe

Waves crash against the seafront at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters) REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Waves crash the seawall at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters)

Hurricane strength winds battered Britain, northern France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia on Monday, cutting power and hampering air and rail travel.

Gusts of up to 160 km/h lashed southern England and Wales Рthe worst in a decade according to forecasters.

Thousands of London commuters were stuck at home after train and Tube lines were forced shut by toppled trees and power failures.

Reports say more than a dozen people have been killed so far in the powerful autumn storm.