The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” wind warning for Wales, south-west England, London and south-east England and says coastal areas could see giant waves and localised flooding
The warning is valid from 3 am until 6 pm on Monday. There is also a larger Yellow “be aware” Severe Weather Warning for wind valid from 3 am to 6 pm on Monday.Gusts in south-west England may reach 80mph, with high winds sweeping across the Bristol Channel area to Cardiff and Bristol.
Gusts of 73mph and 69mph have been recorded in Avonmouth near Bristol and in the Isle of Portland in Dorset respectively.
The sea state could reach “phenomenal” – the highest level on the World Meteorological Scale – at times around western coasts, with waves of more than 14m (46ft) possible.
Storm Imogen follows Storm Henry, which passed close to the north of Scotland through Monday 1 February 2016 into Tuesday 2 Feb.
Winds are expected to ease through Tuesday leading to a short drier, quieter and colder interlude for many on Wednesday before more wind and rain follows later in the week.