Storm Henk causes flooding, power interruptions, and travel disruptions in the UK

Storm Henk has caused widespread flooding, power outages, and transport disruptions throughout England and Wales due to its heavy precipitation and strong gusts.

A maximum gale of 81 miles per hour was measured at Exeter Airport in Devon.

Several rail companies issued travel advisories due to power outages and tree obstructions that disrupted the network.

Following a fall from a tree in Orpington, south-east London, a woman was transported to the hospital with injuries. It is not believed that her injuries are life-threatening.

As it moved eastward from west to east, the storm caused extensive disruption throughout substantial portions of Wales and England. Coastal regions, particularly in southern England, were inundated by rough seas, which presented road users with fallen trees and perilous circumstances.

As of 19:00 GMT on Tuesday, the Energy Networks Association (ENA), an organisation that compiles data from all energy providers, estimated that 38,000 consumers were without power as a result of storm damage.

Ross Easton, a spokesperson for ENA, further stated that approximately 102,600 customers had their power restored on Tuesday.

Flooding, meanwhile, has affected the rail and transportation networks. As of 22:00, over 290 flood warnings and 360 flood alerts were in effect; furthermore, the Environment Agency issues a warning that certain riverside areas may experience inundation through Thursday.

In the early hours of Tuesday, firefighters reported using an inflatable sledge to extract individuals from a vehicle that had become ensnared in floodwaters in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Additionally, southbound motorists have been prevented from using the Dartford Crossing bridge due to the high winds.

A road in Greenwich, southeast London, was also blocked by a collapsed scaffolding panel from a structure, which was caused by the storm.

Rail network disruptions and cancellations have affected thousands of passengers as a result of inundation and power outages.

Due to inundation between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, train services between London Paddington and south Wales are being diverted, and the railway between Coventry and Birmingham International has also been affected.

Tuesday evening, certain National Rail routes were obstructed between London Paddington and Maidenhead due to an electrical outage, the company added. Despite the reopening of the lines, trains are likely to be delayed or cancelled until the conclusion of service, whereupon the disruption is anticipated to persist.

Thameslink has issued a travel advisory cautioning passengers against undertaking journeys unless extremely essential, citing "multiple weather-related incidents across the entire network." Similarly, South Western Railway is advising individuals against utilising its services, citing "extreme disruption."

Earlier on Tuesday, Southern Rail issued a statement stating that it was implementing speed limits of 40mph (64km/h) on several routes extending south of London. Additionally, the company cautioned that the entire network would be disrupted "due to a variety of weather concerns."

It also closed many Great Western Railway lines. The Met Office's amber, yellow, wind, and precipitation alerts have expired.

Initial projections predicted surges of 70 mph (112 km/h), but some computer models predicted a stronger wind sweep, creating uncertainty.

Higher resolution models confirmed harder gusts, prompting an amber warning from the Met Office and the Irish and Dutch weather agencies, who named the minor storm system Henk.

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