Hurricane-force winds batter Europe for 2nd day

The worst storm in years is pounding Northern Europe, killing at least 46 people, knocking out power to millions and bringing most travel to a standstill.

Britain and Germany hit hardest, with at least 46 dead overall in several countries

The worst storm in years is poundingNorthern Europe, killing at least 46 people, knocking out power to millionsand bringing most travel to a standstill.

A man tries to walk along the shore Thursday as fierce winds and waves batter Blackpool, on England's west coast. ((John Giles/PA/Associated Press))
Britain andGermany were hit hardest, with snow, rain and wind gustsreaching up to190 km/h in some areas on Thursday. Scotland sawup to 25 centimetres of snow.

As the storm moved east on Friday,forecasters reported winds of200 km/h.

At least14 people were reported dead in Britain alone, including a two-year-old boy who was killed by a falling wall in London.

Winds of up to 160 km/h roared through England Thursday evening. Many roads in the capital were closed because of debris blowing off buildings.

Europe's busiest highway, the M-25 around London, had traffic jams stretching for kilometres after a single gust ofwind inthe early afternoon knocked three trucks onto their sides.

Hundreds of flights, ferryand train trips were cancelled across Britain.

The storm led to the deaths of at least three people in the Czech Republic, 12 in Germany, 14 in Britain, six in the Netherlands, three in France, two in Belgium and six in Poland.

In Germany, those killed included an 18-month-old child hit by a terrace door that was ripped from its hinges.

Europeans cancel flights, train services

Strong winds in Germany forceddozens of flight cancellations, prompted the national railway to suspend services across the country, and shut schools.

Strong winds toss the hair of a woman in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, as fierce storms swept across Europe. ((Michael Probst/Associated Press))
Most long-distance train services in Germany were suspended.

Berlin's new main train station was shut down after a two-tonne girder was ripped out of its facade Thursday night. No one was injured.

In Utrecht, the Netherlands, strong winds toppled a construction crane onto a university building, crumpling the roof and injuring six people.

In Amsterdam, bicyclists were blown over or, in some cases, blown backward. The city's historic canals were littered with trash barrels, piles of toppled bikes and dozens of broken umbrellas.

Traffic on the Eurostar, the train service connecting Britain to continental Europe through the Channel Tunnel, was suspended after an electrical cable holder fell onto the tracks near Lille in northern France, France's national railway company said.

Eurostar was running full service again on Friday, after one early Paris-to-London train was cancelled. But British train companies warned of delays through the day as repairs were carried out.

Heathrow Airportcancels 280 flights

Heathrow Airport, Europe's largest, cancelled 280 flights on Thursday. Other major airports— including Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna— reported delays and cancellations.

In Ireland and Latvia, winds kept rescue crews from helping ships damaged or missing after storms earlier in the week.

Seven fishermen from Ireland, Poland and Ukraine are missing and presumed dead off the Irish coast, while Latvian rescuers were unable to attempt to salvage a cargo ship that ran aground Tuesday off the Baltic port Ventspils and has been leaking oil.

With files from the Associated Press