Hurricane-force winds that lashed northern Britain and Northern Ireland damaged homes and blocked roads with overturned trucks and uprooted trees, police reported.

In some of the strongest turbulence since a hurricane swept southern England on Oct. 16, 1987, causing the deaths of 17 people, the winds Monday night gusted up to 99 mph.There were no reports of deaths from the high winds, and workers began clearing up the damage as winds subsided early Tuesday.

Overturned trucks blocked the M1, one of Britain's main highways, for several hours near the city of Wakefield in northern England.