Storm Imogen hits the UK

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Yesterday powerful storms and heavy rain battered the southern coast of England as 90 mph winds that came with Storm Imogen caused chaos for commuters and school children.

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Some trains never even left the platform because of Storm Imogen

Some roads were closed for safety reasons and also some south coast train companies have brought into play new revised slower speed limits to make sure that trains that are running are safe for the people on board.

There have been more than 60 flood warnings put in place for southern England where likely flooding is expected. It is guesstimated that more than 12,000 homes and businesses are without power in the southern regions as well as south and mid Wales because of the storm. One pupil from a school in Devon told CBBC Newsround, “In the night we heard a big bang and when we woke up it was flooding!”

The west of Ireland is expected to have the biggest waves on the planet while Storm Imogen is in progress. Waves on the west coast have been reaching heights of 14m over the past 24 hours, which is equivalent to the height of three double decker buses.

At any moment, approximately 2,000 thunderstorms are taking place somewhere on Earth. We are not sure what exactly has caused Storm Imogen but we are glad we live in Lincolnshire and it is only very windy here.

Maxine, Yr4

Monks Abbey YJA Newsroom