Storm prep?

(70 Posts)
nametakenagain Sun 27-Oct-13 18:15:22

To think it was pointless to prepare for the storm by cutting back a tree and then leave the branches on the ground?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 27-Oct-13 18:17:39

Have people been panic buying in the supermarkets? That's what usually happens. As if the storm is going to last a week.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 27-Oct-13 18:18:58

what storm? or am I speaking too soon. its a bit blowy outside and I am wondering just how bad it's going to get.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 27-Oct-13 18:20:07

asda delivered me bread , wine and orange truffle Baileys -for xmas-- so I am all set. smile

CostaRicaToucan Sun 27-Oct-13 18:20:12

It is going to be severest in the early hours of the morning.

The storm may not last a week but the knock on effects might especially in rural areas.

80sMum Sun 27-Oct-13 18:23:20

The last severe storm that I remember was in January 1990. We were without electricity for 8 days afterwards! I hope we don't get a repeat of that this week.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 27-Oct-13 18:36:57

Yup I'm aware of rural areas, my parents live in one. Can't say they've been panic buying.

southeastastra Sun 27-Oct-13 18:37:57

the branches are probably safer on the ground if the tree was a bit dodgy to start with? was it a bit wobbly?

usualsuspect Sun 27-Oct-13 18:38:39

Orange truffle Bailey?

I'm gonna get me some of that.

DeckSwabber Sun 27-Oct-13 18:45:11

Loose garden stuff gathered up.

Stuff wedged in front of the shed door in case it rattles open.

Phone charged in case the lights/internet go out.

Cats in for the night (needed no persuading).

Early night for me!

Fakebook Sun 27-Oct-13 18:47:34

There's nothing happening outside. It's not even windy. hmm. Storm shmorm...

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 27-Oct-13 18:49:46

not done anything, I have charger case for my phone and the car also has a charger for my phone.

my phone has tons of books, netflix, and a lot of apps. Most importantly i will be able to MN.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Sun 27-Oct-13 18:52:45

We have torches, candles, basic food cupboard supplies (and more on the way from Tesco tomorrow hopefully). We've gone over our emergency house evacuation plan and I'm heading out into the garden shortly to make sure all the garden chairs, toys, and the bbq are either secured or put away in the garage.

And then I have rum. Sorted.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 27-Oct-13 18:56:44

Smile I would just skip that and go straight for the rum.

I think it's this

LaGuardia Sun 27-Oct-13 19:18:26

When did they ever get the weather forecast right? It will amount to nothing, mark my words.

fanjofarrow Sun 27-Oct-13 19:21:04

Well, we are due to be hit at about 5am round my way.

I am down in the nuclear bunker with the cats, The Fiance, a year's worth of food and water, etc etc. hmm

Nottalotta Sun 27-Oct-13 19:23:43

Its blowing a blinkin gale here. I have moved the animals away from the big old trees. And bought wine. Thats it rly. Oh and put all the buckets wheelbarrows general crap in a stable and shut the door.

MetellaEstMater Sun 27-Oct-13 19:25:32

I'm with LaGuardia. Everyone will wake up and nothing will have happened yet the trains will still be screwed - so an average Monday morning.

AnyFuckerforanamechange Sun 27-Oct-13 19:26:49

Well its started blowin up a hoolie where I am and the fackin tele's gone on the blink.

I have humus and crisp bread and wine and tea and loads of loo roll.

lollilou Sun 27-Oct-13 19:27:16

Ive charged up the phones,found candles/lighters,tidied all the crap in the garden into the shed and brought extra milk for comforting hot chocolate. smile
They are saying we will get the worst of it here though.

cardibach Sun 27-Oct-13 19:28:08

Smite you have an emergency house evacuation plan to go over? Not sure if I'm impressed or...something else...

BIWI Sun 27-Oct-13 19:28:48

You might like to look at this radar map

The storm is coming! It's in the channel at the moment, with some really heavy rain.

DontPanicMrMannering Sun 27-Oct-13 19:30:33

Bum it's horrible outside and I've done nothing oops.

kinkyfuckery Sun 27-Oct-13 19:30:40

There's a storm coming? Holy shit, why did nobody mention it? hmm

dexter73 Sun 27-Oct-13 19:31:32

I locked the shed door so it doesn't bang in the wind. That's about it!

fanjofarrow Sun 27-Oct-13 19:32:43

I have no doubt it's going to hit the area I live in hard when it eventually turns up.

Taffeta Sun 27-Oct-13 19:36:16

DH has apparently Sellotaped us into the house , so we are fully prepped. hmm

UsedToBeNDP Sun 27-Oct-13 19:36:17

I've put the garden chairs in the shed & locked the gate.

Am slightly worried about the pair of 70ft+ enormo trees in my front garden but nothing I can do beyond cross my fingers that all the big bits stay on and they stay upright.

Taffeta Sun 27-Oct-13 19:36:56

I am reminded of the Three Little Pigs.

moldingsunbeams Sun 27-Oct-13 19:37:44

Is it due to hit North West?

CostaRicaToucan Sun 27-Oct-13 20:12:50

Bet you at 2am you will not be thinking it was rubbish. Weather forecasting has improved beyond all comprehension since 1987. I think people are right to be concerned but not panicking.

OHforDUCKScake Sun 27-Oct-13 20:17:55

Exactly, its the aftermath that lasts. The storm is nothing, but if it effects electrics and theres flooding (both highly likely where I am unfortunately) that lasts days.

gobbledegook1 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:20:38

I locked the shed door and checked the chicken coop door latch was fastened properly!

From what I can gather we'll miss the worst of it where I am.

specialsubject Sun 27-Oct-13 20:23:24

the most important piece of bloody obvious advice seems to be 'don't go to the beach or go swimming in this'. And make it clear to invincible teens that it is also a stupid thing to do.

somebody already killed and lifeboat/coastguard at risk in the search.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 27-Oct-13 20:32:14

Well it's not raining where I am in London and the trees are still. Which is not what the weather map says is meant to be happening.

HairyGrotter Sun 27-Oct-13 20:34:03

I'm just north of London, not a bean is happening. I'm on the 8th floor of an 11 floor survived the '87 and '90 storm, here's hoping it's 3rd time lucky too wink

I've lit a candy corn candle so I'm well prepared

DontPanicMrMannering Sun 27-Oct-13 20:36:24

Am I going to lose all our garden toys, I feel woefully neglectful at this point!

Am more concerned my entire family is the other side of the bridge and they will shut it and while I look after 2 crabby kids they will be living it up in a hotel hmm

there isn't even a breeze outside tonight

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 27-Oct-13 20:38:26

I have my windows opened, unless this is the calm before the storm

cardibach Sun 27-Oct-13 20:40:26

THe satellite weather map says it is raining on my house now - and has been for a while. It isn't. It is also not even breezy. It could be the calm before the storm, but how can the satellite be so wring?

Coldlightofday Sun 27-Oct-13 20:42:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 27-Oct-13 21:38:44

Been outside to take the rubbish out. Hmmm. It's raining so that storm is looking a bit more likely.hmm

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 27-Oct-13 21:40:58

mouldingsunbeam I'm sure North West is safely tucked up in her cot... <sorry, couldn't resist>

nametakenagain Sun 27-Oct-13 21:44:12

There's no sign of a storm here, tbh, but I'm expecting it will arrive in the early hours. I am sure that it was worth me chopping up those branches for two hours. Really, I am convinced. I am.

Topseyt Sun 27-Oct-13 21:57:49

Not much sign of it here yet. Perhaps some breeze, but not what I would call a "storm". We shall see.

Lottiedoubtie Sun 27-Oct-13 22:01:09

Heavy rain and wind that's still within the bounds of normal here.

Going to bed with a torch just in case.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 27-Oct-13 22:09:08

Rains just started in London town. It's not pissing down, mind.

cantspel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:14:18

Pissing down on the south coast and the wind is beginning to get up.

I have put my kindle on charge now just in case the electric goes so i can at least read while i watch the storm tonight.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 27-Oct-13 22:25:09

The wind is getting up here in Cornwall. No worse than it was last night yet though.

MrsWembley Sun 27-Oct-13 22:27:51

I'm here on Storm Watch.grin

I missed the last two by being in the wrong place at the right time, so this one feels a bit exciting! DP thinks it might turn out to be a bit of a damp/dry squib...

DeckSwabber Sun 27-Oct-13 22:28:00

Weather forecast says the pressure will drop, temperatures will rise, some time during the night (depending where you are). It might be calm now but that can change very quickly!

DeckSwabber Sun 27-Oct-13 22:30:10

In response to the OP, cutting back vulnerable tree seems like a good idea, tidying up seems like a massive waste of time until the storm has passed. Unless you like clearing up.

Saw someone sweeping leaves today. WHY?

cantspel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:30:12

I slept through the storm on 87 so am going to sit up to watch this one.

feelinlucky Sun 27-Oct-13 22:30:32

Not even a breeze here. I would be happy with a short gust! Not even a bloody breeze smile

cantspel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:32:05

Vlearing up is not a waste of time as the last thing you want is loads of lose branches, garden pots and the like being blown about in 80 mile an hour winds. They could do a lot of damage if they hit property or people.

MrsBramleyApple Sun 27-Oct-13 22:33:35

We have put all the garden furniture in the bottom corner part of the courtyard. Mum and I both have a torch by our beds, I have my mobile and the house phone by my bed. The dog is under the duvet with me. Mum's dog is downstairs and I hope he doesn't howl. It was his first night living here last night, (he and mum moved in!) he whined and whined so Mum went to get him at midnight and he was headbanging my door and whining for my dog. He was not in Mum's and my good books this morning! hmm

daisychain01 Sun 27-Oct-13 22:34:22

Talking about panic buying my MIL still has some tins of chicken she bought just back in 1999 just before the Millennium Bug was meant to happen (and didn't).

steppemum Sun 27-Oct-13 22:41:01

well I did spend 20 minutes putting garden stuff on shed, and putting bricks on top of things like the sand pit lid.

Garden has never looked so tidy, maybe we should have a storm more often!

OP, but you cut the branches so that the tree doesn't get blown over, the branches on the ground aren't going anywhere

cjel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:45:41

Wind and rain started here, I spent yesterday putting garden stuff in shed/garage. Couldn't lift pots etc. Hadn't though the shed may go though. I am nearly on the bristol Channel they reckon here between 2am and 6am. And both bridges shut at night. Hoping I sleep through it and wake up to deal with whatever has happened refreshed. Have normal shopping being delivered between 8 and 9 am hopefully.

DeckSwabber Sun 27-Oct-13 22:49:00

Putting loose, or breaksable stuff away is good. But sweeping leaves?

Isthisstormcomingorwhat Sun 27-Oct-13 22:54:19

I have:
Put loose stuff in the garden away
Put car in garage, but I do that mostly anyway
Charged up phones etc in case power goes
Put a torch by my bed just in case

Raining heavily here (south) but no wind yet

Isthisstormcomingorwhat Sun 27-Oct-13 22:56:42

Oh and I haven't panic bought any food so don't have much in - although we do have about 10 boxes of cereal bars (bulk purchase when they were on a good special offer) so I won't starve!

Also panicked about getting to work tomorrow as have something urgent to do......

merlin Sun 27-Oct-13 22:58:02

Drinking wine!

steppemum Sun 27-Oct-13 23:12:28

we haven't got much food in, but co-op at the end of our street, I am sure they won't run out!

Lottiedoubtie Sun 27-Oct-13 23:23:49

Still raining here but the wind has dropped!

Boardingblues Sun 27-Oct-13 23:45:10

Well I have bought into this one. Garden all packed up, DS moved to another bedroom away from chimneys (very old house!), garden drains cleared... now all hunkered down! We are a bit worried as we have big trees in the garden and some are very close to our neighbours. We had all the trees checked in the summer and they are all healthy but I would hate anything to happen. After a really quiet early evening, it is now building, I guess that was the lull before the storm!

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 28-Oct-13 10:53:17

disappointing so far, bit of wind and rain overnight, shower around 9.00am now calm and sun shining. hope everyone in the areas where it has hit are ok.

Lottiedoubtie Mon 28-Oct-13 10:58:28

Few branches came down, but house and car both ok. Wheelie bins stayed upright so I think we're ok wink

Massive conifers still standing too. phew

Fakebook Mon 28-Oct-13 15:18:02

Normal amounts of wind last night, hardly any rain, been sunny and a bit of light wind today. Nothing toppled over or broken in the garden and our next door neighbours fence is really flimsy so that's a shock in itself. There were a few fallen trees around our city apparently. Mine are all still standing.

I need the "I survived the October 2013 Hurricane" t shirt.

nametakenagain Mon 28-Oct-13 15:52:15

A non-event here, too. Thankfully.

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