LONDON (AP) — Driving rains and high winds are lashing Britain, and officials are warning that the storm forecasters are calling one of the worst in years will cause widespread disruptions for early morning commuters.
Officials say a 14-year-old boy is feared dead after being swept out to sea while apparently playing in the surf in southern England. Rescuers searched late Sunday for the boy in high seas with poor visibility, but after several hours it had turned into a search and recovery operation.
People are being urged to stay clear of the seashore until the storm -- dubbed St. Jude and #Stormageddon on social networks -- abates.
With winds expected to pick up through the night and into the early hours of Monday, railways and airports have cancelled many services amid warnings over treacherous road conditions and the risks of debris from falling trees and flooding.
Prime Minister David Cameron has told government agencies to ensure that contingency plans are in place for transportation, schools and power supplies during the storm, which could have gusts stronger than 80 mph -- akin to those in hurricanes.
Britain does not get hurricanes due to its geographic location.
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