No cancellation of flights to London, says MAS spokesman

No cancellation of flights to London, says MAS spokesman

KUALA LUMPUR - Flights to London have not been affected by what is said to be the worst storm to hit Britain and its neighbours in a decade.

At press time no cancellations or delays were reported yesterday.

A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) spokesman said: "We have two flights to London daily and both are on the Airbus A380 which has a capacity of 494 passengers.

"Passengers will be notified if there are any flight changes."

It was reported that Britain faced travel chaos and some 75,000 homes in northern France were without electricity, as one of the worst storms in years battered the region, sweeping at least one person out to sea.

Britain's national weather centre, the Met Office, warned of falling trees, damage to buildings and disruption to power supplies and transport as the storm hit England's southwest coast late on Sunday.

Between 20mm and 40mm (0.8 to 1.6 inches) of rain were predicted to fall within six to nine hours as the storm tracked eastwards across Britain, with a chance of localised flooding.

Wind gusts of up to 159kph whipped across southern England and south Wales yesterday, forecasters said.

The Met Office issued an "amber" wind warning for the region, the third highest in a four-level scale, and urged people to delay their morning journeys to work to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

In northern France, the storm left some 75,000 homes without power early yesterday, according to the ERDF distribution network, after wind gusts reached 139kph in some areas knocking down power lines.

The rough conditions led to rescuers suspending the search for a 14-year-old boy who was washed out to sea from a beach in East Sussex on England's south coast.

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