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To wonder where this 'storm' is

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WholeNutt Sun 27-Oct-13 22:04:51

5am we had a pathetic attempt at a thunderstorm, it's been a gorgeous day today only just started raining. I have torches, curtains and windows open ready to enjoy 'St Jude's' but nothing...why do we bother having a weather forecast!

Disclaimer: While I enjoy a few gusts and thunder and lightening I in no way want a huge storm that will affect others in any negative way*

candycoatedwaterdrops Tue 29-Oct-13 18:14:40

I'm South Herts too. Our public transport was all messed up but it only takes a couple of leaves on the tracks 'round here to cause chaos.

digerd Mon 28-Oct-13 20:24:49

fanjofarrow
I am in S.Herts, but survived with a bit of flickering of lights and phone beeping on and off for a few minutes. But not far from us they did have a power cut.
Later I saw a west facing house with 4 fence panels blown out of their concrete posts. Branches and twigs in the open dog walks broken off, but otherwise no serious damage.
Bushes grown up both sides of fences protect them. Also a real sturdy feather edge fence as I have.

fanjofarrow Mon 28-Oct-13 19:58:48

The couple of towns near me I was on about earlier (Herts) are still without power.

Tanith Mon 28-Oct-13 15:27:14

It's so difficult to predict the weather accurately in these islands where just one change in wind direction can make all the difference.

The man who invented weather forecasts is reputed to have got it wrong so often, he committed suicide. If only he'd been born on the continent instead of in these fickle isles...

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 15:12:21

i apologize as i feel awful.I didn't mean it in an offensive way just that nothing happened here though it was reported to(i'm lucky i know).I didn't mean people are making a fuss over nothing in places where people are being killed etc.I hadn't watched the news when i had posted that.Sorry again

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 14:40:27

I know and i'm very sorry to the people affected but i wasn't on about other places just my own.

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 14:39:30

150 000 homes without power in east anglia, don't know about the rest of england

toffeesponge Mon 28-Oct-13 14:38:24

Well at least 3 people have died and another is missing so yes, YABU and rather silly to wonder where the 'storm' is when it isn't due yet and when it wasn't expected to hit the whole of the UK.

nennypops Mon 28-Oct-13 14:33:03

Who's taking offence? People are simply correctly observing that 27000 homes without power, a number of people killed and massive disruption isn't a fuss over nothing. No-one ever claimed that the storm would cover the entire country.

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 14:17:34

Oh fgs it was a fuss over nothing here,where i had an amber warning.Like i said a bit of wind and rain HERE.Stop taking offence when there isn't any

Lots of trees damaged here, the council workers have done really well clearing the roads. The whole thing lasted less than an hour here, but you can tell it was very windy.

It's definitely not a fuss about nothing: BBC are reporting 270,000 homes without power, 2 people are dead, another 2 are currently listed as missing after a tree fell on a house and caused a gas explosion. There is also severe transport disruption all over East/South East.

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 14:07:35

Sussex police were reporting 125 trees down by 6.30am (and those were the ones they knew about, blocking roads or whatever) so hardly 'nothing' as any one of those could have killed someone.

I don't think it's as bad as 87 (haven't seen any houses with walls or roofs missing round here anyway) but it was a nasty storm and it's still very gusty here. I've lost half my fence and the way it's going the rest will probably follow as it's rocking to and fro alarmingly.

I for one am glad we had some warning this time, even if some people are saying 'meh'.

livinginwonderland Mon 28-Oct-13 13:46:04

Suffolk's been pretty bad.

Pretty much all Greater Anglia/Stansted Express trains are cancelled for the forseeable future, and one of my colleagues had to leave work at 9am after a tree fell on his house and smashed his extension and both cars in his driveway.

But, I walked home from work at midday and it really wasn't that bad, but I imagine in open spaces/in the country it's probably much worse.

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 13:43:32

yeah most of my neighbours have no electricity

God must REALLY love me smile

EldritchCleavage Mon 28-Oct-13 13:41:49

Colleagues in NE Essex emailed to say they have blocked roads due to fallen trees, no rail service and no power. Sounds quite bad there.

OhAntiChristFENTON Mon 28-Oct-13 13:33:58

You might be near me dreamingofsun, 5am was exactly when it was at its worst for me too.

I sat there holding my breath until it died down a bit (well, not literally) - I really wanted to make a cup of tea but I was too afraid to move!

TooTabooToBOOOOO Mon 28-Oct-13 13:28:01

Cheshire, was very windy yesterday and has been hammering down pretty much all day so far.

Is odd though, pees down then stops for 5 mins and sun shines, then pees down, then stops, rinse and repeat.

We weren't expecting any of the gales though , thankfully

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 13:12:54

plus I am pretty sure my garden isn't that big usually

either God is pleased with me and has made it a lot wider or there used to be a fence which has gone somewhere confused

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 13:10:27

definitely Some Weather happening in Suffolk, there are all trees flying about and the railway lines are blocked and damaged and 20 minute journeys are taking people about four hours

oh and a double decker bus fell over! see?

dreamingofsun Mon 28-Oct-13 13:07:28

loads of big branches off one of our oaks.......large ones still hanging, so dangerous to go underneath. waiting for the tree surgeon to turn up, having phoned him at 8am this morning. will probably cost us around £400 i think.

South coast was really bad about 5am this morning. i could hear branches coming down in the wood next to us as well. thank goodness we had trees seen to earlier in the year, or it would have been much worse

MrsOakenshield Mon 28-Oct-13 13:02:33

2 people have been killed by falling trees. Just because it's not happening to you doesn't mean it isn't happening.

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 12:13:20

We are lucky.We must be quite sheltered where we are as theres loads of news abouth South West being badly affected.Lets hope that the 14 year old is found.People shouldn't go near the sea/walls etc in these conditions it's unpredictable unfortunely

Tanith Mon 28-Oct-13 11:55:12

I imagine the fact that people were well warned and had plenty of time to prepare may have contributed to the damage limitation.

We had the same thing with the Millennium bug: no serious problems, so people assumed it was a big fuss about nothing. They conveniently forgot about the months of work and preparation that went into ensuring nothing much happened.

bundaberg Mon 28-Oct-13 11:09:55

depends where in west sussex!

we're up nr surrey border and it wasn't too bad. we lost a fence panel but other than that all fine. no reports of any bad damage thankfully.

friends down near bognor reported nothing much.

i guess it was not quite as widespread as they thought it might be, maybe a narrower path it took?
hopefully those in worst hit areas are all safe and power is soon restored!

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