Monday, 8 February 2016

Storm Imogen lashes parts of England and Wales

About 19,000 homes are without power after Storm Imogen brought heavy rain and winds of up to 96mph to parts of southern Britain.
South-west England and south and mid-Wales have borne the brunt, with eastern areas to be hit later.
Waves of up to 19.1m (63ft) have been measured off the Cornish coast, and winds of 70-80mph felt in many areas.
Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries cancelled and drivers urged to take extra care.
A Met Office amber severe weather warning for wind - meaning "be prepared" - in place for South Wales and south-west and southern England expired at 18:00 GMT.
BBC Weather forecaster Peter Sloss said there had not been winds as strong across such a wide area of southern Britain since two winters ago.
Winds of more than 70mph were recorded in many areas, including 81mph in the Isles of Scilly, 84mph in Pembrey Sands, Carmarthenshire.
The Met Office has confirmed that
"phenomenal" sea conditions were recorded at several points offshore. Defined as waves of more than 14m (46ft), it is the highest level on the World Meteorological Scale.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 50 flood warnings , meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required. These include several put in place by Natural Resources Wales .
There are about 180 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible and be prepared.
In other developments:
Western Power Distribution says more than 17,000 homes are without power in south-west England, 1,500 in Wales and 450 in the Midlands
P&O Ferries are subject to delays and several Brittany Ferries services have been cancelled
The M48 Severn Bridge is closed to all traffic but the M4 Second Severn Crossing remains open. The QEII Bridge at Dartford and Sheppey Crossing have also been closed, causing long delays
A number of schools in Cornwall were closed because of power cuts and storm damage
Several parts of Bridgend town centre were shut because of falling roof tiles
All train services in and out of Cornwall were cancelled after a tree fell across the tracks near Bodmin
Services were also disrupted on Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway ,
Southern , and South West Trains . More information is available from National Rail Enquiries
Gatwick Express is running a reduced service and Gatwick Airport warned that flights could be delayed
There is no cable car service on the
Emirates Air Line across the River Thames due to high winds
Two young children were badly injured when part of a garden wall was brought down on top of them as they walked to school in Worcestershire
A special bridge to help dormice cross the Church Village by-pass near Pontypridd safely collapsed and hit the windscreen of a car, causing heavy traffic congestion

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