Storm Imogen batters the region

Storm Imogen is bringing high winds and torrential rain to the South, South East and Thames Valley. Drivers, ferry services, flights and rail passengers are all being affected. It could bring floods, and the Met Office has issued amber warnings of wind for much of the South West. There is a yellow warning stretching from southern Wales to the Thames Estuary as the storm sweeps in from the English Channel.

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King Alfred Leisure Centre remains closed after storm Imogen damages roof

King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove had to be closed this morning after storm Imogen damaged the roof. Parts of the Promenade have also been cordoned off. Residents are being asked to stay away from the immediate area.

“The impact of Storm Imogen on the King Alfred Leisure Centre building continues to be assessed. The strong winds damaged the felted roof covering the west end of the swimming pools. The dislodged felt is a potential hazard if blown from the roof, which is why the surrounding area is cordoned off. The damaged felt will be removed as soon as the weather allows safe access to work on the roof. Further investigation is required to determine the full extent of the damage and assess what repairs are required. We are working with the on-site Freedom Leisure team and the Police as well as seeking advice from relevant experts to make sure the appropriate action is taken as soon as possible. We hope to be able to provide more information in the morning.”

– Brighton and Hove City Council

Concern for schoolchildren pictured on stormy beach

The children were pictured on the beach at Hill Head Credit: Hillhead Coastguard

Coastguards have hit out after schoolchildren were pictured standing on the beach as Storm Imogen hit the South coast.

The children were photographed near to the water at Hill Head in Hampshire as wind speeds up to 60mph hit the coast.

It's believed that the children were on a trip - but there concerns that their safety was put at risk as the weather conditions were so unpredictable.

Coastguard Rescue Officer Brian Graham said: "We do not recommend children of that age being that close to the waves.

"The waves are very unpredictable and no two waves break the same."


Isle of Wight hit by the highest wind speed in country

The Met Office has released a list of some of the strongest wind speeds recorded since Storm Imogen began - with Needles Old Battery on the west coast of the Isle of Wight topping the list with 96mph gusts reported.

Marino Zanti, general manager of The Needles Landmark Attraction, said that the storm was almost as bad as the one in 1987.

Woman injured in Shoreham by falling tree

A tree blown over during Storm Imogen Credit: David Illman

A woman has been injured by a falling tree in Shoreham.

The woman was unpacking her car in Connaught Avenue when the tree was blown over by the wind.

Paramedics attend the scene Credit: David Illman

Neighbour David Illman said the woman was taken to hospital suffering from a head wound.

The fallen tree damaged another neighbour's car.

South feels the force of Storm Imogen

Mark Cole filmed this footage of Storm Imogen hitting Stokes Bay in Gosport.


Brighton takes a hammering from Storm Imogen

Storm Imogen is continuing to cause disruption in the South.

This footage was filmed in Brighton seafront a short time ago

Drivers are being urged to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out.

They are being asked to pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high-lying areas, and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.

QE2 Bridge and Sheppey Crossing remain closed

QE2 Bridge closed due to strong winds

The QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing and the A249 Sheppey Crossing are likely to remain closed through the afternoon due to the strong winds.

60mph winds prompted the closure of both bridges for the safety of drivers.

Traffic for the QE2 bridge is being diverted via the east tunnel. Traffic heading northbound will only be able to use the west tunnel.

A clearly signed diversion is in place for the A249 Sheppey Crossing using the Kingsferry bridge.

The bridges will remain closed until the wind speeds drop, which could be after 5pm.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time.

Sheppey Crossing also remains closed

Caught on camera: Near miss for badger as Storm Imogen hits

A badger had a lucky escape when it was nearly hit by a flying object during the weekend's storm.

As Storm Imogen started to take hold on Saturday night, the badger had a close shave in Ashford in Kent.

Wildlife enthusiast Angie Davidson's night vision camera filmed the badger eating peanuts in her garden.

It narrowly misses getting hit by the top of a large vegetable planter after it blew loose in the wind and toppled over.

The poor badger was startled and ran off. However, it did return later to finish its snack.

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Elderly man hurt and dog killed as wall collapses in storm

An elderly man has been seriously injured and his dog killed when a flint garden wall crashed down on them during winds from Storm Imogen.

The man in his 70s suffered a suspected double leg break after the five foot high wall blew over as gale-force winds hit the West Sussex region.

Powerful waves battered the shoreline in Hastings in East Sussex as Storm Imogen brought gale-force winds to the southern region. Credit: PA Wire

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said the man was "fully conscious" while being treated and was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Storm Imogen has brought a swathe of damage as 80mph winds swept across the UK, leaving more then 13,500 homes without power.

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