Driver killed as storms hit Britain

A falling tree killed a motorist in County Durham on Monday as Britain was battered by gale-force winds from the tail end of Hurricane Katia.

Powerful winds of up to 80mph caused widespread damage around the country and transport was disrupted by tree branches and debris falling on roads and railway tracks.

Durham Police said a car travelling on the A688 at Dunhouse Quarry, between Staindrop and Barnard Castle was hit by a tree killing its driver.

A passenger is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Darlington for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The stormy weather damaged buildings and left households without power overnight. Road and rail transport was badly affected in many places.

Huge waves battered coastal areas causing ferry operators to cancel their services.

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