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Storm Imogen Blasts U.K. With Monster Waves And Violent Winds

Storm Imogen continues to batter Britain, bringing with it strong winds, monster waves and heavy rains that have been captured in a frightening pictorial by the Guardian.

The weather has been described as “phenomenal.” Winds of more than 70 mph have been recorded in many areas, 84 mph in Pembrey Sands, 81 mph in the Isles of Scilly, and 96 mph in The Needles off the Isle of Wight, according to the BBC.

The Met Office has been monitoring several points offshore, and confirmed “phenomenal” sea conditions such as waves of more than 14m (46 feet). This puts the waves in the highest bracket on the World Meteorological Scale.

More than 50 flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency. Several were put in place by Natural Resources Wales.

The Sun reported today on the heartbreaking story of an RSPCA man who is missing and feared dead after he ventured out solo into the storm to try to carry out an animal rescue mission.

“Animal lover Mike Reid, 54, has not been seen since 2 p.m. on Sunday when he went to help rescue up to 30 gannets stranded on rocks at Porthchapel beach near Penzance, Cornwall.”

The RSPCA’s assistant director Dermot Murphy said they were concerned and encouraged anyone who has seen Mike Reid recently to contact the police.

“We are extremely concerned and urge anyone who may have seen Mike yesterday to contact Devon and Cornwall Police who are leading the search.

“We are in close contact with his family and will continue to provide ongoing support through the search.”

Two children, aged 5 and 7, have been taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries after a stone garden wall fell on them near Evesham. The Guardian reports that the wall had been examined by the local council before Storm Imogen hit and had been deemed “not a potential hazard” to the community.

An elderly man in West Sussex narrowly escaped death and sustained a broken leg when a garden wall fell on him. A man in Hampshire had to be rescued from his car when a tree fell on it, trapping him in the vehicle on Sunday. The town center in Bridgend had to be closed by police after strong winds started to blow tiles from roofs.

Thousands of people have been hit by power cuts and travel delays.

Storms Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude and Henry have hit the U.K. in the last year, according to the Telegraph. The naming system in Britain changed in September, when the Met Office invited members of the public to use social media to suggest names for the storms of autumn and winter of 2015-2016.

The MET stated that it hoped this would help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

“Attaching a name to a weather event has been found to help people track its progress, to allow people to prepare for and avoid danger and to make it easier to reference on social media.”

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