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Storm Imogen batters parts of England and Wales

By PBO & Met Office — last modified Feb 08, 2016 10:15 PM
A low pressure system, named Storm Imogen, has brought some very strong winds to southern England and South Wales as it moves eastwards across the UK today.

Published: 2016-02-08 00:00:00
Topics: Weather
Countries: United Kingdom

Taken from a report by PBO and the UK Met Office.

The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” national severe weather warning for wind for Storm Imogen which is valid until 6pm this evening.  There is also a yellow “be aware” severe weather warning for wind.

Violent storm force 11 is expected in areas off the south coast of the UK with very high or phenomenal sea states in places, meaning wave heights could reach as high as 16 metres.

These are the wave heights expected out at sea, along the coast waves will be much smaller, for example the Bristol Channel could see waves of 4 to 6 metres with the highest waves expected at low tide, therefore reducing the potential impact on our coast.  A maximum wave height of 19.14 metres was recorded 10.30am this morning at the Wave Hub off the coast of St Ives.

The strongest winds are expected to affect areas around the Bristol Channel and there is a risk of disruption to infrastructure, road, rail and ferry services.

Maximum gusts recorded from Storm Imogen:

Needles Old Battery - 96mph
Pembrey Sands - 83mph
Mumbles Head - 82mph
Isles of Scilly - 81mph

Winds should gradually ease through Monday afternoon and evening. The Met Office says people should be prepared for disruption to travel as well as possible damage to trees and structures, and interruption of power supplies.

Tomorrow and Wednesday should be drier, quieter and colder days for many before more wind and rain follows later in the week.

Storm Imogen follows Storm Henry, which ran close to the north of Scotland at the start of February.

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