Storm Imogen hits UK

12th February, 2016

South West England and Wales have been lashed with winds of up to 100mph as Storm Imogen swept in on Monday morning.

Heavy rain and high winds have caused widespread disruption to travel, and left up to 13,000 homes in Wales, the South West and the Midlands without power. Strong winds have felled trees, ripped off roof tiles, overturned large vehicles, and torn down a wall in Worcestershire, which collapsed onto two children who have been airlifted to hospital. 

Reports of other injuries caused by the storm include a man who was rescued from his car after it hit a fallen tree in Hampshire, and an elderly man in Bognor Regis who suffered a broken leg when a 5ft garden wall fell onto him and his dog. He was pulled from the rubble fully conscious, but his dog was killed.

The Met Office has recorded ‘phenomenal’ sea conditions at several points off shore. Phenomenal conditions are defined as waves of over 14m, the highest level on the World Meteorological Scale. Waves as high as 19.1m have been recorded off the coast of St Ives, Cornwall. In Penzance, the police and coastguard are searching for a missing 64-year-old man, with concerns growing due to the turbulent conditions.

The Environment Agency has put almost 60 flood warnings and over 170 flood alerts in place across England and Wales, warning that the upheaval of the December flooding may yet return.

After a mild November, the UK has faced increasingly disrupted and stormy conditions throughout December and the start of the year. The Met Office is forecasting the winds and rain to ease gradually throughout the week, with snow falling in higher areas of the South on Friday.

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