Storm Imogen: facts and figures so far

Monday 08th Feb 2016 by the Weather Club

Photo: Waves at Porthcrawl Lighthouse, Bridgend, Wales.
Credit: Steve Garrington, Source: Flickr

Storm Imogen has bought gale force winds and heavy rain to the southern half of Britain during Sunday night and throughout Monday, with southwestern England, central-southern England and south Wales worst affected.

Despite several storms affecting the UK this season, the winds have not been this strong for such a widespread area of southern Britain since the winter of 2013-2014. 

Warnings in place: Amber “be prepared” warnings for wind, valid to 6pm Monday evening. Yellow “be aware” warning for rain, valid to 10am Tuesday morning.  

Storm number: 9th storm of the autumn 2015/winter 2015 season.

Wind speeds: 96mph recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight. 83mph at Pembrey Sands and 82mph at Mumble’s Head, both near Swansea. 81mph recorded at Isles of Scilly. 

Wave heights: 19.1m recorded off the coast of St Ives.

Flood alerts: 170+ flood alerts; 46 across southeast England, 39 across the Midlands, 37 across southwest England.

Flood warnings: 50 flood warnings; 21 across Southwestern England. 

Road closures: QEII bridge forecast to be closed until Monday evening. Dartford crossing closed southbound, with both directions using the tunnels, Sheppey Crossing closed in both directions. 

Airports affected: Gatwick Airport is warning that flights could face delays.

Railway problems: High winds, lightning strikes, and trees on the track are just some of the problems causing cancellations and delays across the rail network. Services affected include: CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, South West Trains, Gatwick Express, South West Trains, Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink. 

Ferry disruption: Cancellations on Irish ferry services between Dublin and Holyhead. Delays on P&O services across the English Channel. Brittany ferries have cancelled crossings between Portsmouth and Santander, as well as several services between English and French ports.

Cable car suspended: There is no cable car service on the Emirates Air Line across the River Thames due to high winds.

Power outages: 13,000 homes are without power in south-west England, 1,400 in the Midlands and 1,200 in Wales (see map for latest updates).

Less extreme conditions are expected to return from 6pm on Monday evening, with gales beginning to ease, although it will still remain quite windy for Tuesday.