High winds batter Britain, France; some flights diverted

LONDON, Jumada II 19, 1437, Mar 28, 2016, SPA — Some flights at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been diverted due to high winds battering much of Britain and western France, AP reported.
The high winds from Storm Katie caused 87 cancellations and 43 diversions at Gatwick and Heathrow because flights had trouble landing safely.
More than 19,000 homes in Britain have been left without power as winds of up to 106 mph (170 kph) hit parts of the country. The Met Office forecasting service warned of potential heavy flooding across southwestern England and issued 136 flood alerts.
Wind warnings were issued for London and parts of southeastern England. There was heavy rain in parts of northern England and Wales.
In Brittany, in western France, 35,000 customers have lost power because of the storm, according to regional power grid official Bernard Laurans, who spoke to French news channel iTele.
France’s meteorological service warned of a “very unsettled” situation, issuing wind or wave alerts for 10 coastal areas and warning of gusts of up to 140 kph (85 mph) in exposed coastal areas.

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13:35 LOCAL TIME 10:35 GMT