Flights diverted as high winds batter London in Storm Katie

Flights arriving at Gatwick Airport had to be diverted due to high winds as Storm Katie ensured the Easter weekend continued to be wet and windy.

Bricks were left strewn across the road after the roof of the Duchess pub in Battersea was ripped off by Storm Katie.

London Fire Brigade have said that firefighters have battled through 110 incidents amid Storm Katie.

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Storm Katie batters the capital with 68mph winds

Storm Katie has battered parts of the capital - more than a 100 flights were cancelled or diverted and properties have been damaged and there has been chaos on the roads too.

Winds of almost 70MPH were recorded in south London - and for those who did manage to fly back into our airports - it was a very unpleasant experience.

Rags Martel reports:

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Firefighters tackle incidents in Hounslow, Wimbledon, Forest Hill and South Harrow

Since midnight firefighters have attended an increased number of windy weather related incidents including scaffolding in a precarious position and fallen trees, the London Fire Brigade said.

Fire crews battled atrocious weather conditions to rescue 13 people including five children after a fire broke out in a restaurant below their flats on Hounslow High Street on Sunday night.

Other incidents attended included:

  • A roof collapse on Haydon Road in South Wimbledon
  • A tree down on the South Circular in Forest Hill
  • A chimney collapse on Roxeth Green Avenue in South Harrow

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High winds with heavy rain amid severe weather

Gales or severe gales accompanied with periods of rain, often heavy. The rain will quickly clear eastwards by midday, with gales gradually easing.

Sunny spells and lighter winds developing during the afternoon, with a few scattered showers arriving before dusk. Maximum Temperature 11°C.

Severe gales to continue with heavy rain amid Severe Weather Warning. Credit: PA

Tonight, expect a chilly night with clear spells and scattered heavy showers, carried along on a brisk southwesterly wind, this particularly gusty around coastal areas.

Risk of thunder, especially in the south. Minimum Temperature 3°C.

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