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Storm Katie

Powerful Storm Katie unleashed wind, rain and snow across the United Kingdom from Sunday night into Monday.

“Storm Katie may never have been destined to be a record-breaker, but nonetheless she certainly swept dramatically over southern Britain during the night of Easter Sunday and into the morning on Easter Monday,” the Met Office said in their blog.

The hardest-hit areas included Greater London where wind gusts of 60 mph (97 km/h) were reported.

Image showing damage from scaffolding collapse in Woodley. (Twitter Photo/@CassieKing)

Just west of London in Woodley, Berkshire, the strong winds caused scaffolding to collapse from a market rooftop.

The Needles, along the extreme western edge of the Isle of Wright reported the strongest winds from Katie with a peak gust of 105 mph (169 km/h).

Powerful winds in excess of 60 mph (97 km/h) were also reported in Bournemouth, Odiham, Southend and Lydd

Another view of the damage in Woodley. (Twitter Photo/@CassieKing)

The strong winds across Southern England impacted more than 100 flights from London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow airports on Monday, according to the BBC.

Katie also caused more than 80,000 power cuts throughout England with numerous reports of tree damage as thousands remain without power.

Image of a tree uprooted near Winchester. (Twitter Photo/@joshgauton)

Highways England reported the strong winds resulted in closure of the M48 Severn Bridge and the Dartford River Crossing.

Storm Katie also produced heavy rainfall across southern England with widespread rainfall of around 25 mm (1.00 inch). Charlwood and Kenley reported more than 38 mm (1.50 inches) of rain since Sunday.

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A stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and stream banks. Depending on its location or certain characteristics, a stream may be referred to as a branch, brook, beck, burn, creek, crick, gill (occasionally ghyll), kill, lick, mill race, rill, river, syke, bayou, rivulet, streamage, wash, run, or runnel.

Streams are important as conduits in the water cycle, instruments in groundwater recharge, and corridors for fish and wildlife migration. The biological habitat in the immediate vicinity of a stream is called a riparian zone. Given the status of the ongoing Holocene extinction, streams play an important corridor role in connecting fragmented habitats and thus in conserving biodiversity. The study of streams and waterways in general is known as surface hydrology and is a core element of environmental geography.

Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream, together with its northern extension towards Europe, the North Atlantic Drift, is a powerful, warm, and swift Atlantic ocean current that originates at the tip of Florida, and follows the eastern coastlines of the United States and Newfoundland before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The process of western intensification causes the Gulf Stream to be a northward accelerating current off the east coast of North America. At about 40°0′N 30°0′W, it splits in two, with the northern stream, the North Atlantic Drift, crossing to Northern Europe and the southern stream, the Canary Current, recirculating off West Africa.

The Gulf Stream influences the climate of the east coast of North America from Florida to Newfoundland, and the west coast of Europe. Although there has been recent debate, there is consensus that the climate of Western Europe and Northern Europe is warmer than it would otherwise be due to the North Atlantic drift which is the northeastern section of the Gulf Stream. It is part of the North Atlantic Gyre. Its presence has led to the development of strong cyclones of all types, both within the atmosphere and within the ocean. The Gulf Stream is also a significant potential source of renewable power generation.

The Gulf Stream is typically 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide and 800 metres (2,600 ft) to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) deep. The current velocity is fastest near the surface, with the maximum speed typically about 2.5 metres per second (5.6 mph).