Storm Katie Prompts Flight Cancellations and Travel Mayhem in U.K.

Storm Katie
The Cambridge University women's crew battle the elements during the annual Boat Race. The Oxford and Cambridge male and female teams raced on the weekend that Storm Katie hit the U.K. Matthew Childs/Reuters

Flights to London and elsewhere in England have been cancelled or diverted as gusts from storm Katie have damaged property and left thousands without power, the BBC reports.

The Environment Agency has issued 29 flood warnings and about 150 alerts in response to what is called "rapidly rising" river levels in the wake of the storm.

BBC weather reporter Simon King reported on his Twitter page that disruptions would have likely been worse, had it not been for the reduced traffic on Easter Monday.

#StormKatie not only bringing strong winds but heavy rain! Localised flooding possible with this lot... 💦

— Simon King (@SimonOKing) March 28, 2016

According to King the gusts are expected to reach up to 70 miles per hour at some point on Monday around London and the South East of England, before Katie moves towards the North Sea.

Travellers and locals shared their stories from the storm on Twitter as well as voicing their frustration with transport difficulties.

Adverse weather has caused a small number of cancellations and diverts this morning. Please check with your airline for the latest info.

— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) March 28, 2016

Whingey tweet about my flight being cancelled and a wasted morning at Gatwick airport. At least I didn't have to take off in the storm....

— Catherine Slater (@damasuerte) March 28, 2016

Some took the news of disruptions better though:

Mega delays at Gatwick because of the storm = extra sun and tanning time in Morocco 👍🏻😁☀️🍹

— Zoe 🧜🏻‍♀️ (@zoe_thomas15) March 28, 2016

Across the U.K. the winds provided quite a few dramatic weather scenes:

#Brighton Marina this morning... exciting. #StormKatie

— Katariina Järvinen (@lighttrickphoto) March 28, 2016

#StormKatie attacking from all angles in #Folkestone. Tea and cake interrupted by huge waves and flooding.

— Richard Gaisford (@richardgaisford) March 28, 2016

#StormKatie -1, super anchored gazebo -0

— Vaidas Gerikas (@Gerikasphoto) March 28, 2016

The wheelie bins of Sussex have come alive & are making a break for it. It's like Bedknobs & Broomsticks out here😲 #StormKatie

— Sussex Roads Police (@SussexRoadsPol) March 28, 2016

Katie made waves in Wales as well:

What a difference a day makes....#aberystwyth #StormKatie ©@KeithMorrisAber for @AlamyNews @TywyddS4C

— keith morris (@KeithMorrisAber) March 26, 2016

Some damage was less fatal however:

Devastating images of the aftermath of #StormKatie are now emerging. #WeWillRebuild

— SRA Albatross 📻 (@SRAlbatross) March 28, 2016