Storm Imogen batters the UK

Severe weather barrels in from the Atlantic, bringing damaging winds and torrential rain to northwest Europe.

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    Storm Imogen brought phenomenal waves to southwest England. One such wave off the St Ives coast measured 19.1m [EPA]
    Storm Imogen brought phenomenal waves to southwest England. One such wave off the St Ives coast measured 19.1m [EPA]

    Stormy weather keeps buffeting northwest Europe. Within days of Storm Henry hitting the United Kingdom, Storm Imogen has battered southern parts of England and Wales.

    The storm arrived on Monday with fierce gusts and torrential downpours which caused widespread disruption. Winds gusted close to 160 kilometres an hour, and waves approaching 10 to 12m were reported across the Southwest Approaches.

    The strongest winds were reported at the Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight with a gust of 154km/h, and the highest seas were in Cornwall with a wave height of 19.1m off St Ives.

    More than 15,000 homes were left without power across southern parts of England and Wales. A further 5,000 homes lost power in Ireland. Road, rail and ferry routes were badly affected.

    Winds are now easing but it will remain windy with a few blustery showers. Tuesday sees the worst of the weather moving across France and the Low Countries. It will eventually feed significant snowfalls into southern Germany and the Balkans by the end of the week.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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