To wonder where this 'storm' is

(163 Posts)
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*

Meglet Sun 27-Oct-13 22:06:56

yabu . It's not due until around 1am.

Lonelybunny Sun 27-Oct-13 22:08:22

It's coming later .....

Selks Sun 27-Oct-13 22:25:44

You speak to soon. It's coming.

PestoSpookissimos Sun 27-Oct-13 22:27:09

It's here in Brighton!

cantspel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:28:35

It has started here on the south coast so it is on its way to the rest of you

Boggler Sun 27-Oct-13 22:28:55

Yanbu there's not so much as a slight breeze around here!

Grotbagstwin Sun 27-Oct-13 22:29:44

My dp's boss has emailed all the drivers to say stay at home until 6am as its due to hit midlands about 3-4am..... I expect it to be bad if he is willing to lose money grin

CaptainSweatPants Sun 27-Oct-13 22:31:21

Well if you'd watched the weather forecast you'd know when it's forecast in your area!

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sun 27-Oct-13 22:32:18

I'm in Scotland and we have really heavy rain. Can't sleep because of it so came on here hoping for some storm porn!

LegoCaltrops Sun 27-Oct-13 22:33:49

We're still waiting here too. Have stocked up on food that can be cooked on the gas hob, located candles etc.

OverMyDeadQODdy Sun 27-Oct-13 22:33:51

It's here now, SE Kent coast

worley Sun 27-Oct-13 22:33:52

I'm in East Anglia. No wind or rain as yet but our train services are all cancelled for tomorrow morning till around 9am. It's not meant to hit is till approximately 8am here

Weegiemum Sun 27-Oct-13 22:35:43

We're in Scotland - rain is heavy but little wind. Even what is forecast is not the worst to hit the uk since 1987 which i read earlier, just the worst to hit the south of england. We'd really bad hurricane force up here last winter and the year before.

bundaberg Sun 27-Oct-13 22:36:01

i'm in w.sussex and we've had a ton of quite heavy rain which has now kind of stopped. nothing else. no wind

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 27-Oct-13 22:37:12

it's just normal weather

cantspel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:37:47

I am in west sussex but right on the coast and the winds are starting to blow. nothing bad yet but with the lashing rain it is not a pleasant night for a stroll along the sea front

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sun 27-Oct-13 22:39:28

WeegieMum yeh I can't see it being as bad as those winds. With bits flying off buildings. shock Crossing the forth road bridge was terrifying!

Iaintdunnuffink Sun 27-Oct-13 22:39:39

In Berkshire. It was windy today with the odd angry looking sky, then it went very calm with a bit of drizzle. I was thinking that it wouldn't be so bad or was going to mainly miss us. There's still no wind but the rain is building up.

lubeybooby Sun 27-Oct-13 22:40:14

IT ISN'T DUE TIL 3AM ISH! GAAHHHHH <headdesk>

BreconBeBuggered Sun 27-Oct-13 22:43:52

It's not meant to have hit any of us yet. What we've got at the moment is plain October shitty weather.

BreconBeBuggered Sun 27-Oct-13 22:44:59

Oops, forgot to refresh before posting. What lubey said.

Weegiemum Sun 27-Oct-13 22:45:06

yes the hurricane force in dec 2011 was nasty - every single glass recycle bin in our street was blown away, there was glass everywhere. my dh couldnt get home from work for 2 nights, roads were blocked. Tree branches crushed several cars in nour street.

I hope its not that bad for s england tonight. out children were off school for 3 days then as it was too dangerous to let wee ones out of the house!

saintmerryweather Sun 27-Oct-13 22:47:48

im in south east kent and we've got bog standard heavy rain and a few gusts of wind

Apparently it's in Brighton, a friend has her power down, I haven't seen or heard much yet though! Though we have got weird weather systems and I am not on the seafront. I've been checking the back periodically to see if I'll see some lightening but nowt sad

OverMyDeadQODdy Sun 27-Oct-13 22:51:50

You on a hill saint? It's died back a bit but deffo strong winds. Trees down in local town too

PestoSpookissimos Sun 27-Oct-13 22:53:02

It is in Brighton!!

It's bl**dy lashing down and windy as hell!

soontobeburns Sun 27-Oct-13 22:53:09

Im in NI no news of a storm here. I only knew about it because of MN.

We had awful weather on Thursday/Friday morning though.

willing to be corrected if im wrong and storm is due here

pianodoodle Sun 27-Oct-13 22:53:14

It's a comin according to my geeky weather radar smile

I'm too tired to wait though so will have to go to bed and see if it's hung around in the morning!

Oo Pesto, why do you get it and not me? <<pouts>>

DP is talking about not going to uni tomorrow and me having a day off of work hmm He relies on the recently unreliable buses, but I surely should be able to drive 4 miles after 9am right?! It's supposed to be down to 40mph gusts then...

TiredDog Sun 27-Oct-13 22:54:49

It's right outside my bedroom sad

Wonderstuff Sun 27-Oct-13 22:55:17

Very calm in Hampshire so far..

It's been windy for days though, rain isn't so bad atm? confused

PestoSpookissimos Sun 27-Oct-13 22:55:49

Pixie, you can have it!

I'm s'posed to be driving DD2 to Tunbridge Wells first thing in the morning and I don't think it will be safe!

Dogsmom Sun 27-Oct-13 22:56:15

Positively balmy here in staffs,some local weather guy I follow on fb reckons it's not going to be anywhere near as bad as the scaremongers reckon.

saintmerryweather Sun 27-Oct-13 22:57:06

nah QOD am on the marsh. just lots an lots of rain

Not too early I hope? Even if you miss the winds there may well be flooding and fallen things on the road. Is it something that can be missed if need be?

youarewinning Sun 27-Oct-13 22:59:25

It's still somewhere SW off the SW coast of UK!

eddiemairswife Sun 27-Oct-13 23:00:44

Very quiet in Wolverhampton.

cjel Sun 27-Oct-13 23:12:50

Its not in Brighton yet, thats just bad weather the storm is due in a few hours and probably won't even make brighton.!!

OP I think you are 24hrs out. Its due Sunday night Monday morningsmile

kaleysmiley Mon 28-Oct-13 00:04:03

well its calmish in London although rain is coming down !! ..... trains r all cancelled in the morning though whooooop lay in for us haha

GobbySadcase Mon 28-Oct-13 00:04:45

Well people in Dorset appear to be seeing it...

giraffesCantGoGuising Mon 28-Oct-13 00:08:31

I don't think it is meant to be as bad as "hurricane bawbag" is it?

kaleysmiley Mon 28-Oct-13 00:11:19

no it isn't meant to actually that bad , but all the articles r different .. some say just like normal winter weather but earlier so leaves still on trees etc which will make it seem wotse ... others say that it will be worse than 2008 and then other says just as bad as 1987 lol ...... don't think they have a clue if I am honest !

mydadsdaughter Mon 28-Oct-13 00:12:04

It's here in somerset !

ChilliJo Mon 28-Oct-13 00:30:26

It's totally wild here in Bournemouth; really, really windy and this isn't even the real deal yet, that's still a couple of hours off.

pigsDOfly Mon 28-Oct-13 00:37:13

I don't know which part of Brighton the people are you are experiencing stormy weather. I'm with you cjel, it looks more like very heavy rain and a bit of a wind to me at the moment. Although it does look as if it has the potential to get nasty.

Off to bed soon, so hopefully will sleep through it.

Oops, perhaps I spoke too soon, lights just flashed, so think it might be picking up a bit.

No sign of it in the midlands yet. Very very quiet here, reminds me of a saying ..........

Boardingblues Mon 28-Oct-13 00:42:29

Here in Berks, the wind is picking up and it is raining very heavily

Sounds pretty bad out there here in Devon, not biblical I'll admit but pretty stormy nonetheless.

MinesAPintOfBlood Mon 28-Oct-13 00:48:56

Not a breath of wind in this part of Somerset. Quite eerie really.

Absolutelylost Mon 28-Oct-13 00:55:12

We're in Dorset and its blowing a bit of a hooley!

NeverBetter Mon 28-Oct-13 01:01:02

Could that be the calm before the storm MinesaPintofBlood? No wind and a bit of drizzle here in Yorkshire but I think it's due to hit about 3am or theresbouts.

80sMum Mon 28-Oct-13 01:01:23

It's definitely sounding a bit wild outside now! Constant loud white noise from the trees (I am 40ft away from an oak copse; the trees are 60+ ft tall, so if one falls it will hit the house. And now the wind is beginning to make a sort of roar. Must be because of the trees I suppose. Difficult sleeping under the circumstances!
I'm in Hampshire, by the way.

Heavy rain in Cornwall, nothing out of the ordinary yet though.

80sMum Mon 28-Oct-13 01:04:56

Blimey! There was a massive gust just now that made a 'thump' sound on the window and the bedroom curtains wafted outwards, then sucked back again - and I have sealed double glazed windows!

It's suddenly got a lot worse in the last 10 minutes.

perfectstorm Mon 28-Oct-13 01:05:11

No wind or rain in Gloucestershire. And the forecast keeps revising down the severity. At this rate we may get a drizzle! Perhaps it's spent itself south and west?

perfectstorm Mon 28-Oct-13 01:05:55

Oh. Just checked times and places - not reached us yet. Hope all is well with those of you down south of us.

NeverBetter Mon 28-Oct-13 01:11:55

I've just checked the warnings and it seems Yorkshire has a yellow warning for rain and gale force winds so sounds like the winds won't get this far. I live near a small village that regularly floods though so I hope the rain doesn't cause that to happen.

I hope it's not too bad for those further south.

Well I am in Croydon and there is still bugger all happening.

SomethingOnce Mon 28-Oct-13 01:17:25

Yep, sweet FA of note here in South London.

Bit of wind, bit of rain.

PatPig Mon 28-Oct-13 01:17:28

likewise, not impressed, was looking forward to some proper biblical pestilence, but looks like we might get 25mph winds

SomethingOnce Mon 28-Oct-13 01:21:14

I wouldn't have wished for a trail of destruction, but since it was promised I was quite looking forward to watching it out of my second floor bedroom window.

Booooooo!

SomethingOnce Mon 28-Oct-13 01:21:52

25mph? Pffffff.

Lilka Mon 28-Oct-13 01:26:24

The Mirror have a camera filming the seafront in Brighton - it's pretty windy and raining hard - here

Thought it's not supposed to really hit for another hour or so, so not surprised nothing much is happening yet.

I'm up North, so I'm not expecting anything here except some rain

Darkesteyes Mon 28-Oct-13 01:26:27

in Essex and we now have heavy rain but i think its suppossed to hit fully at 8am Our stupid HA put scaffolding up around our flat last week to finish painting what was started back in AUGUST confused What a stupid time of year to erect scaffolding for painting.

Tinklewinkle Mon 28-Oct-13 01:30:05

I think I've got it.

Our local weather station has just posted 92mph gusts. It's not supposed to hit properly until 5am here I think

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 01:46:36

I've been watching the Brighton seafront thing as well. I can't really see that anything will happen though, except maybe the lights will come down or a pedestrian will fall over. They should have filmed some beach huts, some of them are bound to blow away!

Lilka Mon 28-Oct-13 01:49:06

have some of those lights just gone out or is it just me?

EBearhug Mon 28-Oct-13 01:56:56

Tis pretty windy round this bit of Hampshire.

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 02:00:30

Oh yes, looks like it!

Stephb88 Mon 28-Oct-13 02:00:32

Quiet in Shropshire. It is raining and has been for a while. Nothing out of the ordinary as yet.

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 02:01:22

Unless they've just moved the camera because I could see the traffic on the road before.

MikeTheShite Mon 28-Oct-13 02:04:45

I'm in West Sussex and its been going all night, gradually getting worse'

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 02:11:01

I'm on the border. If I step out of my back gate I go from East to West sussex.

Llareggub Mon 28-Oct-13 02:13:43

I'm in Swansea, it's actually less windier here than it has been for days.

Pixel Mon 28-Oct-13 02:14:58

My back fence has just gone over.

mummylin Mon 28-Oct-13 02:15:55

It's in Bournemouth, been here since about midnight expecting it to be worst at 3am. Nowhere near as bad as expected ,pouring with rain

Chottie Mon 28-Oct-13 02:25:30

It's wild and windy here in south east London at the moment. High winds and lashing rain which woke me up.

WholeNutt Mon 28-Oct-13 02:30:13

We're in the SW it's not even raining now..did I sleep through the 90mph gusts?! My cat is more windy than outside!

Well it's here on a very coastal town if the South East, so much so the noise and commotion woke me from mt slumber!

daisychain01 Mon 28-Oct-13 04:29:03

In Monmouthshire / Wye Valley just had some strong rain but no battering gail force winds. Noticed on my weather app they downgraded / removed the Amber warning altogether and the wind speed isnt 40kph now it is only 13. Rest of this week looks sunny and showers, thats all.

Much rather the weather forecast was erring on side of caution. They did say the whole weather system could shift and UK would miss the worst effects, looks like they are right

<bows down in homage to wonderful people at Met Office>

Chottie Mon 28-Oct-13 05:22:50

In south east London it is still raging and a lot of trains have been cancelled. I'm hoping some of the pine branches from my neighbour's tree have come down so I don't have to sweep up so many of their * pine needles

cory Mon 28-Oct-13 05:30:42

It hasn't missed us. Am sitting here waiting for my employers to wake up and tell us we are closed. If not, I shall be seriously annoyed: we close for a few inches of snow and what is out there now looks far more dangerous. Trees coming down all over the city, roads closing.

darkdays Mon 28-Oct-13 05:39:28

Raining heavy in the midlands, no wind though.

SomethingOnce Mon 28-Oct-13 06:31:20

That's a storm alright shock

saintmerryweather Mon 28-Oct-13 06:32:46

it still looks pike normal weather to me. there areclots of trees opposite my house and they are all still standing. i dont think its even raining out there now

Mojavewonderer Mon 28-Oct-13 06:40:20

Well my garden is a right mess but thankfully my Guinea pigs are ok, so far. It's still blowing a gale and I am thankful it's half term. Hopefully my Sainsbury's delivery will make it as I don't want to go out driving in it!
Terribly sad to hear about that poor teenager who was swept out to sea yesterday. I hope there are no other incidents like that. Hopefully everyone else is ok.

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 06:41:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LtAllHallowsEve Mon 28-Oct-13 06:41:29

It hit Brean Sands near Weston Super Mare at around 0400. At 0420 the wind managed to turn the corner of our metal storage bin back on itself - so I think they were pretty strong!

SomethingOnce Mon 28-Oct-13 06:42:09

Now that it's light, I can see it's not raining but it is very windy in S.London.

PatoBanton Mon 28-Oct-13 06:43:03

It is very windy here in the extreme south east. But nothing bad has happened yet.

NightLark Mon 28-Oct-13 06:43:29

Midlands here, and it's just a bit rainy.

Smugfearnleyshittingstool Mon 28-Oct-13 06:52:56

South west here, we live 800m up and have a windmill nearby as it's a pretty windy spot.....but today trees are barely moving! We have a few leaves down in the night but no storm here luckily

Rainy & windy here in Oxford, but hardly the apocalypse, although friends just outside Oxford have had their power going on & off this morning.

NorbertDentressangle Mon 28-Oct-13 06:58:30

South Midlands here and just a bit of rain.

I woke at various points during the night expecting howling wind and lashing rain, especially as we're in quite a high exposed spot, but there was nowt.

I thought we were supposed to have had it here by now.

jammiedonut Mon 28-Oct-13 07:10:38

I'm in Essex and I've just lost the roof off my shed. Has been hanging on for dear life for a while though!

Well, Broughton has it now! Buses all going though, no flooding, not much tree damage according to heart. We have power too. I'm halfway up wilson Ave area, so not right on the seafront but not fully protected by the hill. Debating which way to head to work though hmm

WholeNutt Mon 28-Oct-13 07:15:35

I see 'Daybreak' are doing their best to whip us into a storm frenzy! 'Twas some bad weather not an apocalypse!

phantomhairpuller Mon 28-Oct-13 07:17:58

No storm here on glos/worcs border, just a bit of rain and wind no worse than I've seen before.

Bloody stupid weather forecasters hyping it up hmm

80sMum Mon 28-Oct-13 07:19:10

It managed to k eep me awake most of the night, with the strongest winds happening here between 5.00 and 6.00 a.m.
Lots of tree debris around and we have 2 fence panels down. Haven't checked the roof yet!
There is the sound of chainsaws nearby; looks like a tree is down just down the road.
It's on its way to Berkshire now, I gather.

nennypops Mon 28-Oct-13 07:20:40

Very windy in the south east, reports of a lot of road closures on local radio.

Hitting us now in NE Essex. Huge tree at end of garden shedding branches and we at present have no power!!

pianodoodle Mon 28-Oct-13 07:22:31

If I was still in Northern Ireland they would have called this a bit breezy and wet sad

harryhausen Mon 28-Oct-13 07:22:38

I'm in the SW. A bit of wind and rain last night but nothing exceptional.

I keep hearing the SW bore the brunt last night. <shrug>

pianodoodle Mon 28-Oct-13 07:27:01

harry I'm in SW too it sounded a bit windy in the night but meh!

Possibly the plastic dog bowl has moved a bit in the night...

Geckos48 Mon 28-Oct-13 07:27:17
MaryPoppinsBag Mon 28-Oct-13 07:32:26

I'm in East Devon on the coast and heard a little bit of wind at around 1.30am but it's calm now and the sun is coming out.

kungfupannda Mon 28-Oct-13 07:36:11

I'm in Somerset and we had a bit of wind in the early hours, for maybe half an hour. The leaves are still on the trees, nothing's fallen over.

We had worse wind during a thunderstorm about 3 weeks ago.

Xiaoxiong Mon 28-Oct-13 07:36:37

Well in East Berkshire as of 7.35am it's blue skies and sunshine. There are quite a few leaves on the pavement though. I might go so far as to call it leaf carnage.

kungfupannda Mon 28-Oct-13 07:36:41

And we're pretty exposed where we are.

harryhausen Mon 28-Oct-13 07:37:34

grin Pianodoodle. I heard the window rattle once and there's a few more leaves in the garden but meh indeed.

It's weird when the news keeps telling you something momentous has happened in your area and it's as calm as a pond. I feel like I've missed something. Not that I'm complaining. I'm just not getting the news hype.

FreudiansSlipper Mon 28-Oct-13 07:38:54

Car alarm woke me up about an hour ago and bins have blown over that is about as drastic as it gets here in se London

Good excuse to have a lie in and a lazy morning smile

WhereIsMyHat Mon 28-Oct-13 07:41:56

Well, I was expecting nothing but our neighbours have a fence panel blown in and we have someone's shed roof felt. Woooo.

The planes ate going into he's throw regularly and TFL are running buses and tubes as if nothing has happened.

WhereIsMyHat Mon 28-Oct-13 07:42:13

^heathrow!

peggyundercrackers Mon 28-Oct-13 07:43:09

so a lot of hype about nothing... its all about sensationlist headlines nowadays, these weather people and news people need to get a grip - cant believe they have cancelled lots of trains and flights for that

juneau Mon 28-Oct-13 07:46:35

Storm in a teacup here in W. Herts. All the trains are cancelled, so DH can't get to work (which doesn't exactly upset him!), but it's nowhere near as wet as last Sunday, when the rain was torrential. Neighbours have a couple of fence panels down, but that's it. Lot of fuss about nowt!

catsrus Mon 28-Oct-13 07:52:05

It's not hype about nothing - I'm sitting here in the middle of it - a whole load of roof tiles off, fence panels down - local radio says we're about to get the worst of it - I can hear it picking up outside. I am really glad I took precautions and moved garden stuff indoors - turned the table upside down etc. Again, local radio says 100 + trees down, many blocking roads - of course trains are cancelled !

I flew back to Edinburgh from Birmingham last night, some turbulence on the flight and when we were going through arrivals the airport staff were announcing cancellations to Heathrow etc, looks like we got out just in time.

SuffolkNWhat Mon 28-Oct-13 07:55:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PatoBanton Mon 28-Oct-13 07:55:18

Where are you catsrus?

MadeOfStarDust Mon 28-Oct-13 07:58:55

In Gloucestershire.... spookily still now where we are, just general October weather last night, bit windy, bit wet..... can't see anything out of place..

WahIzzit Mon 28-Oct-13 07:59:18

In the West Midlands here, bit wet and winds picked up a little but weather has been ok overnight from what I can see. Fences etc intact, forgot my patio broom outside which is still here!
Out the front side, have some debris of road works materials which were left over the weekend. Made a huge mess lets hope council picks it up.

Elfhame Mon 28-Oct-13 08:00:03

We have had flooding, power loss and lots of trees down. We are on the South West coast.

I wouldn't advise anyone to go out in it if they can avoid it.

MrsOakenshield Mon 28-Oct-13 08:01:49

40,000 homes without power, trees down and flooding. Yeah, sounds like nothing at all.

we're in SE London and the wind was battering the house for most of the night.

dappledawn Mon 28-Oct-13 08:04:12

Not much cop over here in North Wilts - a bit loud and gusty around 5.30am, then just smaller intermittent gusts of wind with some quiet spells in between. No visible damage (looking out of the windows), but I haven't ventured outside yet. Seems like a major let-down here, as I got well prepared last night for power cuts etc - but I realise that others have been worse affected elsewhere. Wonder when 'normal' will return....

sheldor Mon 28-Oct-13 08:30:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

frogspoon Mon 28-Oct-13 08:36:18

Nothing much to report her in NW London, trees barely even swaying..

Although strangely there seems to be train cancellations all over place due to obstructions on the line within half an hour of us, so seems like the storm went around us.

candycoatedwaterdrops Mon 28-Oct-13 08:38:27

Sweet FA happened in Hertfordshire. It's sunny now!

Nothing much here in West Norfolk, it's raining and breezy but that's it.

cjel Mon 28-Oct-13 08:39:42

We have heavy rain, gusty winds and its very dark but not too bad.

fanjofarrow Mon 28-Oct-13 08:41:23

candy I live in Hertfordshire too, and the power is out two miles away from where I live. My neighbour's fence blew down this morning, and I have watched several wheelie bins racing each other down the road. The sun is out where I am, but it is still gusting like mad.

Allegrogirl Mon 28-Oct-13 08:49:01

We're on the SW coast of Devon and completely underwhelmed by the storm last night. A few bins down and that's it. Not that I am complaining.

eddiemairswife Mon 28-Oct-13 09:16:50

Woke and heard rain in the night. I sleep with the window open, so lay waiting for the wind thinking I would have to shut the window. Drifted off and woke at 8. Nothing has happened; no fences down, no bins blown over, trees still standing. What an anti-climax. West midlands.

Weener Mon 28-Oct-13 09:21:40

TFL are certainly not running a normal service- there is major disruption! Am in SW london and it was very windy between about 5-7am, bright and sunny now though!

GobbySadcase Mon 28-Oct-13 09:35:37

Well it wasn't 'nothing' in West Sussex!

Xiaoxiong Mon 28-Oct-13 09:39:17

Well maybe I spoke too soon, no mobile signal this morning and our phone and broadband lines appear to be suffering some outages so maybe a branch has fallen in a sensitive location! We just had an email from the school groundskeeper saying there are a huge number of trees down, not to go out in wooded areas as there are many large broken branches still hanging from trees, two local roads blocked by trees - they are working as fast as they can to get everything cleared. Local golf course also closed because of multiple fallen trees.

So although it's sunny now and all appears pretty calm, it seems there was a lot of damage overnight here after all.

youarewinning Mon 28-Oct-13 11:04:08

count yourselves lucky. Others and other areas have not been so fortunate - 25000 homes without power too.

Its still windy here F6-8, but sunny with clear skies.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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!

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.

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

yeah most of my neighbours have no electricity

God must REALLY love me smile

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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