(CNN) — A major Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds pummeled England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands early Monday, knocking out power to 220,000 homes in England and blocking roads and railways with fallen trees. At least nine people were killed.
Wind gusts as strong as 99 mph battered the south coast of England, and authorities warned of travel disruptions across the region.
At least two storm-releated deaths were confirmed in England, and a third person was reported missing.
Network Rail, which manages Britain’s rail infrastructure, said more than 100 trees were on rails in the network across the southeast.
Weather forecasters had said before the storm arrived that it could be the region’s worst in a decade.