Six people died in a powerful storm that knocked down trees and interrupted transport in northern Europe while leaving thousands of homes without electricity.

Four people died in different areas of southern England as high winds sent trees crashing down on homes and vehicles, police said.

Another two people were killed in Amsterdam under the same circumstances, Dutch emergency management services said.

The storm hit Britain and the North Sea in the wee hours, sweeping soon after into northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Gusts of wind up to 160 kph (99 mph) were registered Monday in southern England and Wales, where more than 600,000 homes were left without power.

In northwestern France, power outages affected 75,000 homes.

Transport was seriously affected in Britain, with cancellations and delays at London's busy Heathrow Airport.

Meanwhile rescue services continued their search Monday for a 14-year-old minor who went missing Sunday afternoon from a beach in the southeastern coastal town of Newhaven.

London, with 8 million inhabitants, had train and subway transport thrown off schedule during the Monday morning rush hour, with long delays and stoppages on many lines.

The Eurostar train, which connects London with Paris through the Channel tunnel, was back to normal in the early afternoon, following a suspension its service in the early hours of the morning. EFE