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Waves breaking over the sea wall at Exmouth on 6 January 2014. Photo taken by Paul J Martin.

Storm Henry

1 - 2 February 2016 - Storm Henry brought strong winds to the northeast of England with a gust of 90 mph recorded in the Outer Hebrides.

Storm Henry summary graphic

Storm Henry impacts

Storm Henry was named just one day after Storm Gertrude affected the UK. It brought strong winds across Scotland with the strongest gusts recorded in the Outer Hebrides where South Uist saw a gust of 90 mph.

The storm led to transport disruption with roads shut and train and ferry routes also impacted as wind was accompanied by heavy rain.

Around 3,00 households were left without electricity overnight and both the Tay Road and Forth Road bridges were closed for a time.

Storm Henry - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
South Uist Outer Hebrides 90
Benbecula Outer Hebrides 85
Loch Glascarnoch Garve 83
Stornoway Outer Hebrides 81
Salsburgh North Lanarkshire 78
Tiree Inner Hebrides 78
Fair Isle Fair Isle 78
Skye Isle of Skye 77

Why are we naming storms?

'Name our storms' is a pilot project between the Met Office and Met √Čireann which aims to increase awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

Over the course of Autumn/Winter 2015 wind storms with the potential to affect the UK and/or Ireland will be given a name to help effective communication of the storm and its impacts.

UK Storm names 2015/16