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Wind storm
  1. R Goddard1,
  2. M Kumar1,
  3. G Park2
  1. 1
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, NorthWest London Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2
    Accident and Emergency Medicine, NorthWest London Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Mr M Kumar; mk_omfs{at}

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On Thursday 18 January 2007, heavy storms battered England and much of Europe. The Meteorological Office reported that wind speeds were the highest in the UK in 17 years. Recorded winds between 70–80 mph tore across Britain, blowing trees across rail lines, cutting off power to thousands, and causing roofs to collapse. Across Britain, there were three weather related deaths: two deaths caused by collapsing walls and one due to a falling tree crushing …

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  • The authors are grateful for the accident and emergency staff for their help on the day of the storm and in collating the data

  • Competing interests: None declared.