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UK braces for damaging wind, rain from Storm Henry early this week

Shortly after Gertrude brought damaging wind gusts to the United Kingdom late last week, Storm Henry is set to slam Britain with another round of showers and strong wind.

Gertrude brought wind gusts to 132 mph (212 km/h) at the summit of Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland and caused power cuts to more than 13,000 homes, according to The Telegraph

Storm Gertrude batters Shetland, Orkney Islands

While the wind from Gertrude was relatively quick hitting, AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said that "Henry will bring a more prolonged period of damaging wind."

While breezy conditions began to develop in parts of the Isles on Sunday, wind will continue to strengthen on Monday and Monday night with significant impacts expected.

"Winds will be more of a bigger factor than rain. There will be more widespread wind gusts of 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 km/h)," Roys said.

Northern Ireland and Scotland will once again be at risk for the strongest winds. It is likely for gusts to exceed 75 mph (120 km/h) along the western coast and in exposed areas. Gusts of over 100 mph (160 km/h) will batter the higher elevations in the Highlands.

Farther south, the potential exists for frequent wind gusts past 50 mph (80 km/h) across Wales and the Midlands.

"Much of the strong winds will remain north of London," Roys said. However, the start of February will still be windier than what was experienced during Storm Gertrude. There could be an isolated gust to 50 mph (80 km/h).

When compared to Storm Gertrude, Henry will be more prolonged in many communities. The strongest wind across the United Kingdom is expected to occur from Monday afternoon into Monday night.

"Winds will likely even persist into early Tuesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said. Though by this time most areas will have seen the strongest winds subside.

The combination of the prolonged and more widespread nature of Henry will put more of the U.K. at risk for scattered tree damage and power cuts.

Travel disruptions, which could be more lengthy than during Storm Gertrude, are possible. This includes to rail, ferry and airline services. Drivers of high-sided vehicles will face dangerous crosswinds.

The strong winds also threaten to trigger another round of coastal flooding along the western coast of the British Isles during high tide.

While Henry will be remembered more for its wind than rain, any significant rainfall can lead to new localized flooding problems in the saturated areas of Northern Ireland, western Scotland and North West England.

"The good news is that there will not be much rain for places around Cardiff, which has received more than three times the normal monthly rainfall this January," Spamer said. Showers will affect the area on Monday and Monday night, but much of the rain will be light and fast-moving.

Despite the storminess, Henry will bring milder air across Wales and England on Monday, making it feel more like spring. The gusty south-west wind will cause temperature highs to be about 3 to 6 degrees C (5 to 11 degrees F) above average across southern Britain. This will equate to highs ranging from 11 to 15 C (52-59 F)

Temperatures will gradually trend back to more seasonable levels across the rest of the U.K. by midweek as Henry and its impacts pull away.