• Short Summary

    Fierce gales swept across Britain, October 27, killing at least seven people and causing widespread damage.

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    Dover - high seas
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    MS. Against wall
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    DITTO
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    Tree waving in wind, in Scotland
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    Man sweeps up leaves in vain
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    cars down flooded road
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    Trees on road, Wales, moving clear
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    Cars pass tree by side
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    Sawing fallen tree
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    Tree falls at once
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    TV-Aerial down a roof
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    'Keep clear' sign by power station
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    Power station and wall
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    Man with ladder to hold up wall
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    School, working on roof
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    CS. Putting new part on roof
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    GV. Working on roof
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    Manchester, woman across road in gale
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    Windscreen wipers, car in flood
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    Diversion - Ilkeley
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    Cars in flood water towards
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    Initials BA/JH/ES



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    Background: Fierce gales swept across Britain, October 27, killing at least seven people and causing widespread damage. For some areas, the storm brought the first unrationed water for weeks, and north-east Scotland suffered the first heavy snowfall of the winter.

    Five of the dead were fishermen whose boats foundered off the Scottish coast; the two other deaths occurred in accidents caused by the gale in different parts of the country. The wind rose to 104 m.p.h. at St. Abos Head, Berwickshire, equalling the previous October record for the British Isles since observations began.

    Ships sought shelter at points all round the coast and many vessels were damaged. The Dunkirk to Dover night ferry was six hours late on arrival from France. At Deal, on the Kent coast the gale developed into a whirlwind, toppling chimney stacks and damaging roofs as it swept across the town. Off the Welsh coast. a lifeboat sailed on to the wave-washed deck of a ship in distress and saved the 9-man crew.

    Inland, delays were caused by trees falling across roads and railways. By nightfall, the gale was losing some of its strength. At a power station in Wales, an 80-foot wall was cracked by the wind and was in danger of collapsing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTUYU7ABKAU41WGOKKTE1YKWV
    Media URN:
    VLVACTUYU7ABKAU41WGOKKTE1YKWV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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