PHOTOS: Storm Imogen batters Wales, South West England with fierce winds and rough seas
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
February 11, 2016, 11:45:41 PM EST
Storm Imogen battered England and Wales with powerful winds and downpours from Sunday night into Monday evening.
The storm caused more than 19,000 power cuts, according to the BBC. The brunt of the outages occurred across the South West of England where some homes remained without power on Tuesday.
Disruption to travel was widespread across the southern U.K. including rail delays, flight delays and road closures due to flooding and high winds.
Several Cornwall schools were closed or evacuated due to power cuts and storm damage. Two children were injured when a wall collapsed onto them amid the dangerous weather, according to The Guardian.
Two other people were injured by falling trees and a third injury occurred in a separate wall collapse, The Guardian reported.
Downpours from Imogen hit areas that were already soaked by heavy spells of rain and resulted in numerous flood warnings. Wales, the South West of England and the Midlands were hit the hardest by heavy rain and flooding.
Rainfall totals surpassed 50 mm (2.00 inches) in Shap, England, as well as Capel Curig and Lake Vyrnwy in Wales.
The strongest winds have topped 80 mph across the Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly and Wales. The highest wind gust recorded is 96 mph at Needles Old Battery on Isle of Wight.
Cornwall reported a peak wind gust of 79 mph during Imogen. Greater London experienced frequent wind gusts of 40-50 mph with a peak gust of 59 mph at London City Airport.
Coastal Wales and southern England also endured phenomenal seas.
Seas of 8-10 meters were observed in these areas, and the Met Office reported a maximum wave height of 19.1 meters off the coast of St. Ives, Cornwall.
Conditions will continue to improve into Wednesday as Imogen departs, allowing winds to lessen and rainfall to become showery.
The stormy pattern that unleashed Storms Gertrude, Henry and Imogen on the United Kingdom within a 10-day period has come to an end. The next several storms will track farther south, taking the heaviest rain and wind into France and Spain through this weekend.
A storm that tracks into northern France this weekend could bring some rainfall to the south of England; otherwise, nothing more than brief showers are expected into early next week.
A return to stormy weather with more widespread wind and rain is possible during the second half of next week.
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