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MediumUnited Kingdom2024-01-03T00:00:00Z

As per reports, Storm Henk brought strong wind gusts of up to 94 mph while flash floods caused travel disruptions across parts of the country on Tuesday (02 January).

Although the worst of the storm was over by 2000 hours (local time) on Tuesday (02 January), heavy rainfall triggered flood warnings and alerts across the UK.

• The Environment Agency (EA) predicts localized flooding from rivers in Northamptonshire on Wednesday (03 January), while local flooding is also expected from rivers in parts of the East Midlands until Thursday (04 January). The EA also predicts local groundwater flooding in parts of the South of England, Yorkshire and the Humber over the next few days.
• The EA has issued flood warnings for areas including, Ravensbourne area in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon, Bristol Avon, Leicester City, River Aire, River Anker, River Arrow, River Avon, River Blythe, River Churnet and River Derwent among other areas. A full list of flood warnings can be accessed in the link: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings.
• The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City as well as Caithness and Sutherland. A flood warning is also in effect for Churchill Barriers.
• Natural Resources Wales has issued severe flood warning for River Ritec at Tenby, while flood warnings have been issued for River Usk from Glangrwyne to Newbridge on Usk, River Wye at Builth Wells, River Ely at St. Fagans, River Severn at Trehelig, River Ely at Peterston Super Ely, River Severn in the Llandrinio Area, and River Severn in the Criggion Area.
• On Tuesday (02 January), Thameslink and South Western Railway issued ‘do not travel’ warnings, while Dover cancelled ferry services as Storm Henk caused severe weather conditions. Strong winds also caused disruptions on various National Rail routes across the southwest and northwest of England along with the Midlands, East Anglia and South Wales. Flooding blocked lines between Huddersfield and Penistone.
• London Heathrow Airport experienced gusts of 60 mph due to Storm Henk, which led to diversions, delays and cancellations.
• The strongest gales due to the storm were witnessed at the Needles Old Battery in the Isle of Wight, where wind speeds of around 94mph were recorded. Strong wind gusts of 81mph were reached at Exeter airport in Devon and 71mph at the Isle of Portland in Dorset.
• A woman received non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a tree in Station Approach, Orpington, while scaffolding collapsed across a road in Greenwich.

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