Severe gales in SE overnight - please heed!

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Just saw the met office forecast for wind along the SE coast in around 3am on their map. 78mph! That is certainly of damaging strength, both to trees and structurally.

Take down or at least remove nets from trampolines and weight them down! Sort out those dodgy fences and tuck your wheelie bins away!

met office warnings

I'm not going to be around this morning, please bump. Cos it could save some people a lot of hassle.

RumBaaBaa Sat 24-Nov-12 07:44:53

Thanks kitten. Off outside now to put a load of stuff in the shed and secure the wood store. Horizon looking v murky...

Fenton Sat 24-Nov-12 07:51:59

Thanks Kitten, will get busy with that today.

purplerainbow Sat 24-Nov-12 07:56:51

im supposed to be driving across to southampton and coming back this evening. Im reading it that the worst wont start until later tonight? Is that correct?

Thanks and bump.

Pascha Sat 24-Nov-12 08:09:32

Eek! Cant see the warning map on my phone so I will assume that's me included in Kent? May have to get out of bed now to secure the bins and stuff.

Ho hum.

Iggly Sat 24-Nov-12 08:11:03

Bumping. We had a tree blown over in our garden from the wind the other day - that was already dead but it didn't take much. Freaked me out a bit...!

Thanks and bump, it does make me nervous. Will be keeping a close eye on the warnings.

Correct purple, just the rain to contend with. Worst area and time fir wind 3am-6am on Sussex coast.
Am on phone, dh driving. Very bumpy and crap signal!

Couldn't sleep last night so I devised an easy way for people to work out wind direction in a storm. Close your right fist over the low pressure when you are looking at a weather chart. Follow your fingers round, see how they go anticlockwise and in towards the centre? That's the same as the direction of the wind wherever you are relative to the low.
Thanks fir bumping, you are all stars!

HappyTurquoise Sat 24-Nov-12 08:47:52

The severe weather warnings are red for tonight for a lot of the British Isles. Please *follow this link* and put in your postcode/town to see if you are in an area at risk.

HappyTurquoise Sat 24-Nov-12 08:49:20

Or, if you want someone else to put in a town or postcode because you're on a phone, post your request.

that's fir floods turquoise? Please can you put that link also on to the 'lots of rain warnings' thread too where people are following the flood potential. Thanks!

I've just checked our postcode, we are not in a known flood risk area. The main problem here tends to be the street drains not coping, which is worse at this time of year because they get clogged with leaves. My particular worry is the wind because we have tall trees close to our house. is link for that thread.

HappyTurquoise Sat 24-Nov-12 09:13:22
OhComeAllYeZombies Sat 24-Nov-12 10:54:50

Bumping and asking a question:

Is anyone else having trouble with the MetOffice pages loading? Well, not the page itself, but the maps or whatever. Even if I leave the tab open and go back 10 or 15 minutes later it still just has the green "loading" bar up. It doesn't matter whether I click a link or go direct to the site btw.

RumBaaBaa Sat 24-Nov-12 11:06:36

Rain starting here in SE Cornwall so I think it's on it's way in. Not much wind yet.

I had that on the Ipad Zombies, on the main computer now and it opened right away.

OhComeAllYeZombies Sat 24-Nov-12 11:10:01

I'm on a very high spec laptop, WhoKnows. I had the same problem yesterday as well.

Ah, I wondered if it was just incompatible with mobile devices, obviously not then. I don't really have any other suggestions, sorry.

On my iPad I have to go on to another tab and then back again to get met office map to load a new time slot. Very irritating.
Back in bumpy car, roads flooding.

I just picked up my phone which I left it loading on in a window a few hours ago and it had opened eventually. Hope you have a safe journey Kitten.

GloriaSmud Sat 24-Nov-12 13:08:07

It's just started raining here in Leicester.
DD1's in London on a school trip and is due to be back at Leicester train station, at 9.30pm. While I know it's going to be a wet day for them, I hope they'll have left by the time the proper gales start. <frets a lot slightly>

old style met office warnings page works much better for a quick glance if its playing up for you.
Back safe and sound! Much drier away from the coast.

Top gusts now shown by met office to be a little lower at 72mph, but remember that local topology can cause increased gust speeds and sometimes the met office under plays it a little on their maps. Still looks to be between 3am and 6am for Sussex at the worst of it wind wise.

Still the models aren't concurring about the depth and track of the low tonight!!! As I've said before on other threads these are crucial as to how badly people will be affected. If it goes further south, then the severe gust wind field will be out over the channel and northern France. If it goes further north more will be exposed to damaging winds. a shallower solution means less wind, a deeper solution more.

pepperrabbit Sat 24-Nov-12 14:52:25

Well it's raining heavily here but not absolutely pouring. (NE Hampshire)
I'm puzzled by the different forecasts - BBC (MetOffice i assume) show winds at 25mph tonight, Netweather 50mph! That's quite a difference - or will be to my old oak tree hmm

NE Hampshire, likely to see gusts of around 50-60 mph at somewhere between 2am and 4am I think. Maybe the bbc is showing mean winds rather than gusts?

pepperrabbit Sat 24-Nov-12 15:10:05

Oh yes - that would make sense! I was having a dim moment smile
Thank goodness it mostly seems to be overnight instead of a weekday rush hour so more people should be home.
The news coverage seems to be all about the terrible floods and not very much on the dangerous winds following behind.

It does doesn't it, though I suppose the floods are already happening and hitting a wide area. But I really think that they should warn people about the winds. It's been a fair while since the SE has been threatened by such strong winds (unless my memory is broken) so there will be a lot of older unstable trees vulnerable to coming down.

That sky looks absolutely leaden above me (Horsham, W Sussex)

NE Hants here too <waves at Pepper>, rain getting much heavier now, feels very cold and it got dark very early.

any news for South West?

Will just have a look for the latest...

Not quite so bad for the SW gales wise, gusting to around 50 mph or thereabouts. SE, seems to have settled around 70mph around the coast, 50-60mph inland. Timings remaining similar. So far the deepening of the low is matching the Met office surface analysis charts which means that at least up til now the met office have a pretty good handle on it.

PrincessSymbian Sat 24-Nov-12 19:09:03

What about Lon-don? Are we in for it too? <lazy londerner>

Even in London you could get gusts of around 50mph. In London it tends to be the scaffolding around buildings that makes me slightly nervous after having had a fabulous view once from a pub window of scaffolding being blown down. Buildings do strange things to wind!

Bit of a bump for those who might need to know.

RumBaaBaa Sat 24-Nov-12 21:57:50

All of a sudden very very windy in SE Cornwall. Lots of gusts. We are 50 yards from the beach so v exposed. It has been very rainy all day, but still, now seems the wind is here!

Ahhh, first report rumbaa smile thank you.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Sat 24-Nov-12 22:00:34

Keeping it bumped smile

Thanks chipping smile

Sussex coast here, less than a mile inland. confused It's very windy outside and we've had torrential rain all afternoon too.

I may walk down to the beach in the morning and see how much of it has ended up all over the road again! grin

Oooooo, good idea! TJPJ. You've made me think that tomorrow might be a good day to ditch responsibilities and go fossil hunting. (Though the cliffs would be unstable.... And I do have a lot to do and I'm knackered..... maybe.....)

It's a long time before the proper winds come in, shows there's quite a big wind field. Inland in CSS England there's very little wind atm. Not sure it's even raining at this point.

GloriaSmud Sat 24-Nov-12 22:15:07

The bright pink bit showing up on raintoday is providing a bit of a cloud burst for us atm! We're up to 7.2mm of rain in the last 24 hrs.

I bet it is Gloria! Impressive radar!

Chanatan Sat 24-Nov-12 22:18:31

Our only access road is now flooded,impassable by car,ds has to be at work at 7 am tomorrow morning,so dh has borrowed a land rover off his db,hopefully they can get through in that otherwise he has a 4 mile walk.

wind warnings expanded across most of the south and now include east anglia]] with a met office comment that EA may be the worst affected area.
Will investigate why.....

Ok, understand now I think, looking at the NAE model I can see the squeeze in the isobars as it crosses ea with the low centre leaving across Lincolnshire.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 23:08:04

So will lincs be the worst area?

No, I don't think so, maybe norfolk/Suffolk. Bit hard to tell looking at that scale! Wouldn't discount problems along the south coast still.

RumBaaBaa Sat 24-Nov-12 23:27:12

Situation on south coast of Cornwall is pretty bad. Polperro, Looe and Millbrook all under feet of water and evacuated. We are in between these locations on high ground right on the coast. Sea is roaring, rain now moving up country and wind really picking up. We are cut off but safe. Hoping it's not too awful for people as the storm moves across the UK.

Rumbaa, I really feel for those people evacuated sad
I'm going to try and catch a bit of kip before it gets a bit wild.

Bbc saying 70mph over EA .

Jajas Sat 24-Nov-12 23:48:08

Thank you Kitten as ever smile.

What a worrying night, hope everyone manages to keep safe and dry tonight.

Haven't read the whole thread this evening, but I've just been outside (Hampshire). Still raining steadily, ground feels saturated oand we're on chalk so that doesn't happen often. However it feels much milder than it did earlier and there is no wind to speak of. Yet.

Hope everyone has a safe night.

Helenagrace Sun 25-Nov-12 00:02:24

Looking very grim in Polperro. We've holidayed in Looe and Perranporth in the last 18 months. Hope everyone stays safe.

snice Sun 25-Nov-12 00:09:06

on bbc news channel now

PrincessSymbian Sun 25-Nov-12 00:57:59

It's all quiet in N.London at the moment but I think it was from three am onwards it was meant to get bad.

Very very windy in Surrey worst i have heard in a long time.

Kveta Sun 25-Nov-12 03:27:44

Mad winds in east herts. Can hear bins blowing about.

Gigondas Sun 25-Nov-12 03:36:22

Same in sw London - it is competing with dd2 to keep me awake

Some nasty gusts here too, can hear it getting under the tiles occasionally. Started getting windy around 2am.

Astonished we still have power, it normally goes if someone sneezes in the wrong direction.

JenaiMathis Sun 25-Nov-12 04:26:58

It's pretty breezy here (Bath) but I'll be damned if I'm going out to look right now - it sounds grim!

JenaiMathis Sun 25-Nov-12 04:27:24

It's pretty breezy here (Bath) but I'll be damned if I'm going out to look right now - it sounds grim!

JenaiMathis Sun 25-Nov-12 04:32:53

Well BBC reckons winds of 25mph. hmm

Still, it's breezy rather than blowing a gale. Poor evacuated and stranded people - hope everyone is keeping safe.

Jenai, that's probably mean wind speed rather than gusts??

Going to try and close my eyes again for a bit. Barely slept tonight.

JenaiMathis Sun 25-Nov-12 04:42:59

Ah yes. If it's bad enough to keep me awake at 25mph I dread to think what it's like elsewhere.

Night smile

very bloody windy here 'm London, woke me up! Anyone else up?

Iggly Sun 25-Nov-12 08:04:17

I was lying awake most of the night (in London) waiting for the roof to cave in grin

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 08:11:37

Kent here and it's not that windy - I can't hear it iykwim. I can see it's a bit blowy but not much to write home about.

Maybe we're too low down and have escaped or maybe it's on its way smile

LottieJenkins Sun 25-Nov-12 08:11:46

In Suffolk here........Power went off in the night for a while. We are forecast 50 mile an hour winds today!! I am debating whether to cycle or walk to church later!

SE London and another one awake with the winds from about 3. Had woken for loo at 1 and it wasn't blowing then. By 3 it was horrendous!

Clever clever kitten!

GloriaSmud Sun 25-Nov-12 08:37:36

Leicester calling in. Hasn't been that windy but have had 19.5mm rain in the last 24hrs.
Hope everyone's managed to keep safe.

Teahouse Sun 25-Nov-12 08:38:26

South Hampshire....woke up several times around 3 from the wind. Can't see any obvious damage thankfully! Boy what a roughy night though.
Hope people are safe

Rooney, did you sleep though it grin tis leaving our shores now, east Anglia is right at the tail end of it.

Bloody knackered! Couldn't sleep,cos I was too excited blush then couldn't sleep cos it was too noisy. Fell asleep 3 hours ago. Now dh woke me up.

Back on the rain thread in a few minutes to cover the next bout of rain.

seeker Sun 25-Nov-12 08:47:12

Wind dying down here in Kent- it was a horrid night.

I slept through in NE Hants, now its a beautiful morning with no obvious damage that I can see from the house. Sun is out, all is calm.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 09:06:36

I think Seeker's probably a bit nearer Londres than we are...we're right over in the corner so we're in a weirdy weather bit, tends to be different to the rest of Kent sometimes.

But Ds1 went to get something from the car and said it's very VERY windy so I'm clearly just in a state of oblivion grin

The rabbits have not blown away, I think the trampoline is still there (it's 12ft so quite heavy!) so we're happy.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Sun 25-Nov-12 09:12:25

Well, you certainly got it right here OYBBK. I think my place nearly ended up even nearer to you!! The wind was MAD from about 1.30, it was whistling so much I couldn't sleep. Debunked to the settee about 5, wish I'd thought to do it sooner - much quieter in here! Had about 2 hrs sleep before the world and his dog thought I should be awake. Not a breath of wind here now though, no clouds - just lovely blue sky and sunshine. I should go and make the most of it! but too bloody knackered to move, need proper coffee

monstermissy Sun 25-Nov-12 09:18:01

Im in Norfolk, it sounds awful out there but im in bed with a cuppa. Must of started up in the early hours. Very windy!

I'm in buckinghanshire how windy is it supposed to get today? Anyone know?

LottieJenkins Sun 25-Nov-12 09:24:44

Several years ago we had gales like this and Wilf was nearly killed.......shock
I had decided to go and see my friend and her daughter and had promised Jo biscuits! Wilf was about five and in his major buggy. When i got to the edge of the road i remembered the biscuits and tucked the buggy into the gap between the road and my drive. As i got back to my front door i heard a terrific bang and Wilf started laughing......hmm
When i dashed back to him i found one of the really heavy (not dimpled) bin lids beside the buggy............The wind had picked it up and frisbied it across the road!!! That was one of Wilfs nine lives gone and I didnt stop shaking for hours........

It's funny how a bit of shelter locally can make all the difference smile

It was really loud and gusty during the night and several neighbours have lost fence panels or wheelie bins. Off to the beach soon to see if the road's passable! grin

I really feel for the people who've been evacuated due to flooding. sad

Where'smycaffeine, it's going to gradually ease down through the day.

Thank you kitten smile I barely slept last might with all the racket and I was panicking the rabbit hutch would blow over even though it's really heavy. Glad it's going to settle down smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 25-Nov-12 09:34:49

It was very, very windy where we are n the South Coast! Started about 2am, it looks lovely out there now, sunny and everythinghmm

I went running in the South Downs yesterday and the ground was the wettest I have ever known it! The ground was so wet, I was just running through standing water, even on the chalky bits where drainage is normally good. Proper pea souper too, couldn't see a thing!

Chalk is slippy when it's wet!

Bbc reporting qe2 bridge is closed due to high winds. Please check before travelling!

JenaiMathis Sun 25-Nov-12 10:12:17

Yes, thank you kitten )

PrincessSymbian Sun 25-Nov-12 10:22:35

Slept through it! Cannot see any damage where I am but the view is very limited!

You're welcome jenai smile

forevergreek Sun 25-Nov-12 10:46:52

London here, didn't hear anything so must have slept through it!

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