Weather warnings part 3 - February storms.

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Really hoped we wouldnt need another thread so soon.

Tomorrow we have one dangerous storm with winds potentially 90mph off welsh coasts, 80mph inland and hitting Ireland very hard too.

met office warnings for heavy rain (exactly where we dont need it but also hitting western scotland), snow, perhaps even down to lower ground at times over night even pretty far south and storm force winds. Also widespread gales across England.

Then friday night into Saturday we have another potentially damaging low. The models have really struggled with this one and it needs a careful eye keeping on it.

Because the winds look so bad tomorrow for some (enough in the amber areas for me to suggest that you consider whether your journey is essential), I'll be logging on around 7:15am to update. My biggest concern is western Wales in the afternoon. However the track may change as the storm develops so the amber warning area may shift. It is possible that the met office may issue some red warnings close to the morning.

Looking further on, although storms may track to their more usual position (north of scotland) as the month goes on, unfortunately the rain looks set to continue, with little in the way of respite.

LostInWales Tue 11-Feb-14 21:06:11

<settles in with a glass of wine to watch what tomorrow brings> Please god we don't run to a 4th thread!

leesmum Tue 11-Feb-14 21:13:27

Thanks for all the effort you put in Kitten, it is muchly appreciated and very reassuring thanks

pepperrabbit Tue 11-Feb-14 21:15:32

Checking in, cold and clear here at the mo.. NE Hants.

Hassled Tue 11-Feb-14 21:15:39

Thanks, BadKitten.

We have got off so lightly in East Anglia - have been incredibly lucky so far. It's still wet, windy and grim but these days that's the equivalent to Mediterranean sun.

leesmum Tue 11-Feb-14 21:16:03

Kitten Tornado!!

You are really welcome leesmum smile


AuntieStella Tue 11-Feb-14 21:20:26

Does anyone know of a good site which lists all travel disruption?

Both rail (as more lines suspended or being closely watched) and road (keep out areas, and closures such as M2 this evening).

alcibiades Tue 11-Feb-14 21:25:18

(Kitten - MNHQ switched a couple of weeks ago to splitting long threads in two at the 500th message, because that makes it easier for people reading threads on smaller screens.)

Someone on the last thread mentioned how the air felt like snow was coming. It seemed the same to me when I was out around 7 pm. And there was almost a halo around the moon - cirrus cloud?

I really, really hope that temperatures don't get too low, and snow is very light.

alcibiades Tue 11-Feb-14 21:34:44

AuntieStella - I don't know of a site that lists all travel disruptions, but you could start with searching for your County Police Twitter feed. Currently Hants Police are posting about local disruptions, etc, and re-tweeting relevant tweets, so I've bookmarked other Twitter accounts.

A couple of hours ago, HantsPolice retweeted a tweet from HantsConnect that "Road temps forecast to drop to zero about midnight in north Hants so we are salting priority one roads from 9 pm".

It had gone back to one page for me until this evening. Weird!

travellingwilbury Tue 11-Feb-14 21:39:54

Checking in , thank you kitten .

Fingers crossed you don't need to do a fourth . You must be knackered grin

traffic england sorry about fragmented posting, on ipad.

traffic wales

Wilbury, life would be a little more relaxed if the weather wasn't quite so active!

AuntieStella Tue 11-Feb-14 21:45:22


alcibiades Tue 11-Feb-14 21:58:52

Weirdness abounds atm, Kitten. Bookmarks disappeared and then reappeared a bit earlier.

I've been looking at the MetOffice/public/weather/observations map several times today, wanting to see what the temperatures are both near to me and further away, but little is showing up. I should think that a lot of relevant websites are getting a bit of hammering today, as people want/need to know what's going on.

Hope everyone is safe tomorrow!

Alci I think you are right. They are holding up surprisingly well.

Best1sWest Tue 11-Feb-14 22:17:19

Thank heavens DD is home from Aberystwyth for a few days, looks like they will get another pasting. We've been very lucky in Swansea, damage-wise.

LostInWales Tue 11-Feb-14 22:33:15

Well round one of OYBBK keeps us safe done, just been in contact with all the other coaches in our football group and mentioned the wind speeds, being on astro turf lit only by floodlights that don't like the wind and surrounded by trees and it looks like we will be staying inside at 6pm instead of trying not to let 6 year old footballers fly off into the skies. grin Thank you.

kippersmum Tue 11-Feb-14 22:36:55

Thanks for the warning OYBBK, think we could be in for a fun afternoon on the IOM.....

sewingandcakes Tue 11-Feb-14 22:42:35

I think tomorrow is going to be interesting here in Rossendale, Lancashire. It sounds like we'll get some snow, and strong winds/gales in the afternoon. I'll stock up on supplies gin in the morning and get home from school as quickly as I can!

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 00:57:34

good luck westwales

icy her in the w mids

Maryz Wed 12-Feb-14 01:04:25

It's starting to build up here at the moment. Just a few buffets. I'd say the real storm is waiting until tomorrow.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 12-Feb-14 01:09:00

Thanks kitten. Family coming in this weekend so need to keep an eye out...

Morning all.®ionName=uk met office warnings. Note the extension of the amber warnings across the south coast.

My main concern is western Wales where gusts still look like they could reach 90mph by mid afternoon along the coast, 70-80mph a little further inland. really seem to get going lunch time on, an d will ease slowly this evening. That very strong swathe of winds will reach the peak district late afternoon with winds gusting 60-70mph, perhaps higher on the odd exposed hill top. Looking pretty rough around the isle of Man tonight.

The south coast is looking at gusts of 60mph-70mph, affecting the dover area from late morning onwards.

Widespread gusts of 40-50mph elsewhere, 60mph close to the amber areas (though much of Scotland is positively calm)

On to the rain next....

link sorry!

Maybe a little more snow this morning for parts of the north. Also, hail showers thrown in here and there.

Rain is going to move rapidly in to cover the whole of England and Wales by lunchtime. Some snow in central scotland.

Southern england could see around 15mm of rain perhaps more in parts of the SW and southern Wales. Parts of western scotland could see 25mm today into tomorrow.

digerd Wed 12-Feb-14 07:22:01

+1 degree last night at 01.00 and now +3.8. No frost, ice, snow or winds atm. Sky mostly clear. Is it the lull before the storm, I wonder?

It is digerd.

It's raining here

Met Eirann have issued a red warning for Cork and Kerry with gusts up to 100mph.

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 07:35:30

Oof. Good luck Ireland and cling on in the IOM too. I will be very happy when we all get to bedtime today!

Lost - Cling on where you are too. it looks very nasty indeed this afternoon. I wouldnt be jaunting around the countryside. Are you able to pick your kids up at lunchtime?

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 07:39:39

I am phoning the boys bus company this morning to ask about their bad weather policy. The school is very rural and the majority of children are bussed in from all over the county so snow days are dictated by whether the buses can run safely. Don't know what they do about gusts of 90mph on exposed hilltops by the sea. Got a plan with the boys and a 4x4 so I will drive in and get them if it looks too bad.

PseudoBadger Wed 12-Feb-14 07:41:03

Morning all. My parents are travelling from north london/Herts down to the Guildford area for a funeral today. Is this likely to be horrible? They are leaving just after rush hour this morning.

PseudoBadger Wed 12-Feb-14 07:44:55

Traffic England site is great thanks

Badger, it looks very wet and windy, but not dangerous if they drive with care.

PseudoBadger Wed 12-Feb-14 07:45:24

Thank you OYBBK

Good to have a plan Lost, I wouldnt want my child on a bus in any thing much above 60mph.

You are welcome badger smile

DoItTooJulia Wed 12-Feb-14 07:48:26

We're going to the Cotswolds today. Bad idea?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 12-Feb-14 07:49:41

I'm going caravanning to Mansfield on Saturday. First time towing, will it be bad?

dingit Wed 12-Feb-14 07:51:11

My dd is travelling from London to the Isle of Sheppey today to do a 'fun run'. Apart from getting soaked to the skin, ( I've persuaded her to take as many warm clothes as you can for a teenager), I'm worried about the journey too.

Please tell me that the east aren't getting the blasting as much as the other half of the country?

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 07:53:07

lostinwales Pembrokeshire, right? Batten down this afternoon - it usually misses us in Swansea when it goes up the West coast like its predicted to. I mean, we get wind yes but you get turbo charged wind so take care today. I would be tempted to pull kids out of school, not as an over reaction to it but because I wanted us all home and dry indoors with snacks and books and so on to just bunker down and ride it all out, like a weekend in the middle of the week - but then I am a feckless parent who takes any opportunity at all to bunk off from daily life and slob - you've no idea how much I covert days where I do not have to shower, do hair and get dressed...

dingit it wont be pleasant, by mid afternoon it could be gusting up to around 50-60mph for a little while. The only thing that would concern me about the journey is delays due to flooding on the track. Check out the national rail link above or your local train company website.

Julia, take it very very easy. Check out the traffic england reports and be aware that there is likely to be flooding on some of the roads. It depends where you are coming from but you should be ok (unless you are coming from an amber area, in which case go soon!)

I tend to agree with threebats. If I lived where you do lost I would be keeping my dd home and I dont think I've ever done that for weather. (I have once insisted she stays indoors as her old school was surrounded by trees!). Worst thing that happens is that I'm totally wrong and we both feel rather silly!

Viva - details still arent fully firmed up on the storm, but personally I'd consider rescheduling to the sunday if you can. Wait though, for the next model runs!

dingit Wed 12-Feb-14 08:03:55

Thanks Kitten. She's going by minibus, and for once I'm grateful for a teen who has a phone surgically attached to her hand, as she can text me when she gets there, and when she's on the way home. She's likely to crawl round the M25 anyway because of the ever going roadworks.

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 08:04:55

Well they've left for big school but I'm quite happy to make up spurious reasons to collect them at lunch! Going to phone the bus company and just remembered it's the same one that got a public bus washed off the road by a wave last week. Bugger.

She will be well looked after if shes in a minibus dingit.

I just remembered that my dd is going off in a minibus this afternoon. Poor kiddo, I've been so busy looking at everyone elses prospects I forgot about my poor dd. oops! I did remind her to take a raincoat as she left but shes seems to have spurned that idea as its still hanging up.

Lost, I saw that picture! Perhaps the bus company will be more cautious now. Heres hoping!

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 08:24:17

Chris Evans just called today - the Usain Bolt of wind.... Its very eerie because right now? I am looking at grey sky and not a branch moving on the trees outside, they suddenly move about then go dead quiet again. Its as if nothing is going on out there - my dd kitten looked at me as if I were bonkers when I told her to take her coat today and keep her phone by her as she is off to another school after school today for drama after school club on the school bus. I said keep your phone on in case its cancelled and I need to come get you - she went, pfft, don't be daft mun, what wind..? I just raised an eyebrow and went to refill the coffee machine...

smile they think we know nothing!

To add to everything some forecasters believe that a squall line could well develop over England today (think back to a few saturdays a go when lots of people thought a tornado had passed through). If this develops then anywhere could see some severe gusts. I'm in and out today but I will keep an eye on the radar when I'm around and do a 'heads up' if it occurs.

There is a small risk that some short lived weak tornadoes may form along the squall line if it develops, keep a vague look out - eye witness accounts are so important in post analysis of severe wind events.

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 08:55:15

Checking in from Staines-under-Thames.

Couple of friends abandoned their properties overnight. Loads of roads closed round here. DS is very excited that we've seen his school on the news full of army guys - the word is from Wraysbury that the water's gone down a fraction. We've got a big puddle of groundwater surrounding the house but there's plenty of places for it to escape to so we should be ok. Police came round last night to check we're ok. However wind is picking up and who knows what today will bring?!

flootshoot, I hope the day goes well for you. I hope your friends are ok.

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 09:00:45

They're stressed and upset but it sounds like everyone is safe. It's just so unbelievable. I've got my driving theory test booked for 24th Feb when the kids should be back at school but I genuinely have no idea if that's going to be the case.

I just dont think you can look that far ahead flootshoot.

I'm afraid I have unwelcome news - another storm has appeared on the GFS model for next wednesday/thursday. I'm running out of words for this. Unbelievable.

Anyway, lets handle today, today and worry about next week after this storm.

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 09:11:26

Well it's dark here, pouring with rain and starting to get quite windy. Nice. I'm supposed to be going to my friends this morning, already got to divert for floods but apparently there's a cracking view of them from her house, I'll take my camera.

I'm heartbroken for everyone in Somerset and the Thames area that are affected by all the floods, it is completely unbelievable, and more next week? The independent are saying we will have the hottest summer on record to make up for it but I think they must just be trying to stop us all from plunging into irretrievable depression.

On the radar forecast it looks like a squall line might develop around 11am at around the Bristol channel area, orientated almost due n-S moving eastwards.

lizzylocket Wed 12-Feb-14 09:23:02

Its blowing a hooly in my bit of Pembs.

stay safe lizzy - its going to get worse.

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 09:24:44

Cripes. Another storm? It's crazy.

I've got to drive over Goodwood hill around twelve. Think it might be breezy.

Ledkr Wed 12-Feb-14 09:28:25

How is Cheltenham looking kitten?
Am I walking to music at 2 with dd or are we staying in the warm and making jam tarts?

Marne Wed 12-Feb-14 09:29:08

Managed to walk the dog without getting wet, never walked so fast smile, was perfect timing as it is now raining and wind has picked up.

PseudoBadger Wed 12-Feb-14 09:38:36

Baby needs to wake up so I can get the dogs out before it sets in...

georgedawes Wed 12-Feb-14 09:40:30

Crazy weather.

Ils are meant to be travelling to Heathrow on the train on sat morning from Derby. I'm a bit concerned about the storm forecast, do you think they would be better to go the day before?

lizzylocket Wed 12-Feb-14 09:47:52

Storm force 12 incoming from the Irish Sea according to Milford Haven Conservancy Board. It's quite scary here already.

Wet and very wind Ledkr!

georgedawes, its too early to say. It may be that the biggest hazard with Saturdays storm is heavy rain. Of course, if the wind is enough to disrupt trains then it will be enough to disrupt planes.

Huge huge uncertainty over mid next week. GFS develops a storm, ECMWF does not.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 10:06:28

There was almost a nice sunrise a few hours ago but now it's dark and the wind's getting up here (Leicester). Huge mass of rain showing up here. Can see how some squall lines might develop in it.
Is the storm for next Wednesday the one that seems to come from nowhere and develops suddenly off the SW coast?

georgedawes Wed 12-Feb-14 10:10:32

Thanks kitten.

It is Gloria, its a bit odd isnt it.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 10:17:38

Met-monkey's weather warnings are here. Think it sort of follows what the metoffice think as well.

(Apologies, I know I've posted this link before) but the Guardian have a very good live blog with the latest weather/travel updates.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 10:24:16

It certainly is a strange one. All/most of the other storms we've had seemed to have developed slowly, over US/Canada way. That one just seems to suddenly be there, off the SW coast.

magimedi Wed 12-Feb-14 10:26:57

flowers OYBBK - first page I look at every morning.

Don't apologise, Glotia - it's a really great blog & I forget about it if you don't link it.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 10:32:46

viva, the weather will be the least of your worries if you are off to mansfield. confused

Antidote Wed 12-Feb-14 10:54:13

Absolutely foul down here on the Devon Cornwall border. I'm worried about the boats in moorings out in the Tamar.

Hoping Hester is ok.

We are planning to fly from newquay to Gatwick tomorrow (thought it would be preferable to the non existent trains!)

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 11:01:27


lizzylocket Wed 12-Feb-14 11:03:51

It's getting worse here on my bit of the Pembs coast. Tenby secondary school are closing due to high winds. My poor DH is working outside in this, hope he's got some rocks in his pockets!

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 11:04:38

Oooooh we're right in the path of the red wind warning in rossendale!

<bit scared now>

magimedi Wed 12-Feb-14 11:10:21

Stay safe all of you in those areas.

Make a thermos of tea as well, while you've got power.

ExcuseTypos Wed 12-Feb-14 11:13:11

I've just seen the reporter on BBC news, he's in Porthleven.
The wind and rain looks horrendoussad.

We're in west hants. It's very windy but not too bad.

kippersmum Wed 12-Feb-14 11:13:16

absolutely foul here in IOM. Heavy rain & wind getting ever stronger

ExcuseTypos Wed 12-Feb-14 11:14:16

Yes hope you all stay safe. My dd is in Bristol, I assume it will be rather windy there today. I'm going o text her and tell her to stay inside!

kippersmum Wed 12-Feb-14 11:18:22

OYBBK I'm starting to get slightly concerned now, according to the latest shipping forecast Lundy Fastnet & Irish Sea have Hurricane F12 imminent eeek!

Just got in
Red warnings issued for north Wales and the NW. Please take heed, this means that it is extremely dangerous, these warning are issued very rarely.

not just north Wales actually but western Wales - sorry, just catching up.

kippersmum, you are right to be concerned. This really is a very dangerous storm.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 11:39:28

OYBBK, thanks for doing all this for everyone. As I'm in the red zone (I think) I'm charging phones and iPads, making sure we have candles, blankets and torches ready and I think I'll bring the bins into the garage. Is there anything else I can do to get ready?

alancashirelass Wed 12-Feb-14 11:45:24

My parents live on the seafront in Lancashire right in the firing line so I've emailed them the red warning link. It is always blowing a gale there but this does sound more serious. Feeling quite glad I don't live there anymore to be honest and hoping they will stay indoors today.

I'd consider where your car is parked (think roof tiles). Think 'day's' rather than hours in terms of no electricity.

Find your insurance documents. Remove anything critical from your loft. Think about any neighbours who are vulnerable. Make sure you have cash (no power=no credit cards) and pet food. Bring in any outdoor pets.

However a lot of that is a bit late really, it already may not be safe to go out. I think that this storm had been ignored too much by the media who were obsessing about flooding.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 11:45:41

as suggested sewing get some flasks of hot water ready. put the heating on no so the house will be warmer if it goes off. freeze ice blocks in the freezer to use in the fridge...get some food prepered? hot soup in a flask?

lancashirelass, it is much more serious than the usual winter storm. It has been a long time since mainland england has seen these kinds of winds.

I think there is still some evidence of a squall line reaching a line fromHampshire up around 1pm.

The worst of the winds will be from a sting jet forming over NW Wales and up through the NW midlands/southern NW england

If you want to read up on sting jets met office pdf

I'm hoping that Lost is setting off for her dc.

AngryFeet Wed 12-Feb-14 11:58:13

So we have nothing to be concerned about in the south east (inland)?

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 11:59:40

sewing and cakes ~ OYBBK always mentions trampolines (as in making sure they're tied/weighted down) although that could go for anything in the garden that could be lifted up.
Hope everyone in the warning areas, especially those in the red one stays safe.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 11:59:47

Thank you. I'll make a flask of coffee and the heating is on. Ds2 is at school and we've got an observation/meeting with the educational psychologist for ds1. I think I'll phone the school to get their advice.

angryfeet you could be looking at 60mph gusts and some very heavy squally rain for a while, perhaps with hail and thunder mixed in.
Coastal SE could see 80mph gusts.

sewing - I really would cancel. I am really concerned that schools are not closing early for a red warning. It should be an automatic consideration - it does really mean threat to life.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 12:00:55

Thanks Gloria. We don't have a trampoline but we have a summerhouse at the top of the hill garden; I hope it stays there!

Im kind of expecting most vulnerable trampolines to be long gone!

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 12:02:55

take a photo of the susmmer house for your insurance.

tht pisses me off too re schools. grr.

It is getting really wild here in mid-Somerset and we are 'only' on a yellow warning.

I can't imagine how it would be like in a red warning.

Stay safe, everyone.

AngryFeet Wed 12-Feb-14 12:10:35

Thanks oybbk. When is it happening? Dry and still here right now although actually wind picking up slightly (just heard a gust as I typed that!)

NearlySchoolTime Wed 12-Feb-14 12:11:18

Kitten, do you know how accurate the maps are for the warnings? I'm on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border (so other side of the Pennines really from the red warning) but am wondering whether to keep DS home from swimming after school as it's an unnecessary trip.

Thanks for all the information - it's really helpful.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 12:14:11

That's true, OYBBK!
A wind observation map here.

Mirage Wed 12-Feb-14 12:14:43

I've just got in from work and the wind has just started picking up and the rain has begun.I',m charging everything I can think of just in case the power goes.Stay safe everyone.

I'm at work in NW England. The wind has been getting stronger over the last hour.
I am dreading this storm coming. We're expecting the strongest winds between 3pm and 6pm - rush hour -accompanied by very heavy rain.
The previous winds here this winter all seem to have been overnight, or there was the Friday just after Christmas when it was quite windy but not many people were back at work/school and it wasn't accompanied by heavy rains.
It's the timing of this one that has me so worried.

ziggiestardust Wed 12-Feb-14 12:20:25

I'm on the Lizard and DH is flying into Newquay tonight. No flights have been cancelled etc at all yet, which is good!

The wind is just incredible shock and although there's a break in the rain for now, I expect it'll be back later. We seem to get the weather first here, so I'll check in as soon as I see more clouds from my office window.

The roads are struggling to cope with the rainfall atm.

Actually I've just checked the updated map and the worst is expected after 6pm, which is a tiny blessing I suppose. School run over by then. I'm hoping to leave the office early and get home as soon as I can.

Angry, it's going to be around mid afternoon that it starts to hit north Wales (as opposed to the general severe gales)

NST, I've moved over to my ipad while I eat lunch/watch the news but although you will be sheltered a little yes, I would keep your ds at home after school.q

digerd Wed 12-Feb-14 12:22:30

Wind got up now since this morning. Not looking forward to 2pm dog walk

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 12:22:38

Good luck Herdy, I hope you stay safe. DH is playing it all down but has just gone to take a photo of the summerhouse. He's going out later to get some supplies.

School knew nothing about it when I phoned. Hopefully they're planning something now.

Herdy, yes, it is due a little later for you, in time for the general rush hour rather than school run time.

I think that after all this it might be worth contacting your county councils and asking them about their policy of issuing severe weather alerts to schools. It should be a basic requisite. We have the same issue here, where I have actually had to tell the school what was coming and even when they understood I had a really good idea they were still head in sand and got themselves into an awful state one snowfall.

AnnabelleDarling Wed 12-Feb-14 12:25:18

Very bad in Dublin this morning, wind really strong from 8.45 to about 10.30 with heavy rain. Then it stopped suddenly, but I can see the wind starting up again now.

PaxmansGusset Wed 12-Feb-14 12:25:54

I'm in SE Surrey. No rain at present, but some gusty wind.

gnushoes Wed 12-Feb-14 12:27:02

OYBBK, my 18 year old is supposed to be going to an interview at Sheffield Uni tomorrow... from Sussex... it's going to have calmed down by then, isn't it? thank you.
PS pretty windy here on the south coast, no rain yet.
Thanks for all the forecasting and weather info: have learned so much from your posts!

This is the more dangerous bit Anna. People will be lulled by the dry slot but the winds will really really get up very soon.

Gnu, yes, it does look a lot calmer. Remind him to check the transport links though for damage from the storm. Good luck to him!

Ok, I have to go now. I am going to be having a very wet and windy walk. I'll be back about 2ish. Stay safe all.

JaneRizzoli Wed 12-Feb-14 12:29:41

Wind really starting to pick up here in South Liverpool, I have just been and collected most of the toys out the back garden. I am very concerned about the building Site with the pallets and other bits of scrap wood flung on top of a portacabin directly opposite us!

West Wilts here. Blowing a gale and peeing it down. Hoping it clears for the school run.

We've got our heating on too - only the 4th time so far this winter in the daytime but the wind is blowing very cold.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 12:35:16

My thoughts are with those of you who have been thoroughly hammered by Weather, lately. We've got away with very little, so far, this year.

That's said, we're "only" in an amber area and it's already howling through the back street. Just been to collect the dustbin, before it blows away. And we have an inch of snow slowly being turned into crunchy slush by the rain. Hoping it's gone by hometime, as it's going to be hard enough pushing DS2's Maclaren Major against 50mph gusts without resistance under the wheels, too.

North west here too dreading the eveing rushhour on the m6 poor dp has been called into work hes a hgv driver wibble

Best1sWest Wed 12-Feb-14 12:36:18

Just heard that at least one of the schools in Swansea is closing early due to the weather forecast.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 12:39:58

And just a reminder to people that twitter is usually awash with local news, travel and police feeds, so you can keep track of travel disruption etc.

Your regional BBC site often has a live travel disruption map, too, which tends to be a little more informative than the traffic England one, as it covers a wider network of roads. Your local council website may also have travel updates, which can be handy for keeping track of local disruption due to fallen trees/power lines, minor flooding, etc.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 12:40:35

Starsandunicorns it must be very worrying for you. Would his employer cancel his trip, especially given the coverage on news channels? Good luck.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 12:50:59

Stars and unicorns ~ does your DP really have to go out? I don't know whether you're covered by a red or amber warning but they're saying that anyone in the red warning area shouldn't make journeys unless it's absolutely necessary.

Sadly no heres angency so getting called in this early (he does nights) means someone in royal mail has gone sick sigh just hope he doesnt get a curtain sided truck

We warrington but om at work and wont be allowed home early work 20 south so slighty flapping about getting home waiting on a text to find out where dp will be going

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 12:58:28

Can someone tell me what 'squally' means?

Jellykat Wed 12-Feb-14 12:59:28

West Wales coast here, tipped it down this morning and a helluva lot of surface water and debris on the roads.. am just about dried out from the school/ shopping run.
Although the rains stopped, the wind is scarily gathering pace, although it has been bad all morning tbh.
(No, we didn't even attempt to cross The Preselis earlier, as the van was being pushed about on normal roads as it was)

MehQueen Wed 12-Feb-14 12:59:48

I'm in the NW (Manchester/Oldham) and the wind is really picking up.

I'm working from home today but kind of wish I was in work as I keep staring out the window at the huge tree rocking back and forth. sad

Jellykat Wed 12-Feb-14 13:05:47

Bugger, just seen we're on a Red warning hmm, hope DS gets back from school on the bus ok!! This isn't funny..

Hope everyone is safe. It's not too bad here. Think it'll be worse when I pick dd up at three not looking forward to it. Also I couldn't unlock my front door the Yale lock is so stiff I couldn't turn the key. Luckily had the back door key on me

Best1sWest Wed 12-Feb-14 13:24:16

Swansea council are reporting 92 mph winds off Mumbles head. It does sound bad outside. I went up to the loft to check the velux windows and the noise was tremendous.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 13:26:14

Flootshoot ~ there's quite a good definition of 'squally' here.

Stormy now in Bucks - wind howling down the chimney... and 45 degree rain. It's looking like its going to be at its peak for the school run confused. Contemplating getting there ridiculously early to be able to park a bit nearer!

p.s oybbk is there a website where you can see the wind speed where you are?

MorvahRising Wed 12-Feb-14 13:29:28

Absolutely chucking it down in Surrey and three of our fence panels are looking decidedly wobbly . . .

alancashirelass Wed 12-Feb-14 13:31:46

Wondering if we have the squally thing going on (SE). Pretty sure the gusts are as much as in the previous big storm(s) but they were not forecast to be more than about 30mph.

Tipping it down. Thanks to this thread I went out and moved the garden stuff in about an hour ago when it really was not this bad.

lizzylocket Wed 12-Feb-14 13:35:08

This is scary now. My post box has blown off the wall and the drain cover was blowing across the garden. Loads of schools in Pembs have closed but my DCs schools are still open. I just want everyone home and safe. On the plus side I've been to Tesco for essentials (wine and a cooked chicken) so we'll be okay if the power goes off.

Wind is really picking up her in the Manchester/Tameside area - it's bin day and there have a been a few empty bins getting blown about.

We have taken down the full size basketball hoop and made everything as secure as possible.

DD is supposed to be going on a trip with Guides to a firestation this evening - I hope it gets cancelled.

ziggiestardust Wed 12-Feb-14 13:38:12

Eeek, starting again on the lizard with more wind and rain/hail. Looks like it's really closing in.

coffeeinbed Wed 12-Feb-14 13:42:08

All I can say.

GloriaSmud Wed 12-Feb-14 13:42:51

ColouringInQueen ~ you could try the metoffice website here or this site (posted this link earlier) here.

I've moved one of our (full) wheelie bins to the other side of our garden gate as we've had strong winds smash the bolt and lock before. Hope having the wheelie bin there will stop the gate blowing open.

Ok wibble has now turned to major wobble

dp driving to liverpool(he is a liverpool now) then down bristol !!!

Katnisscupcake Wed 12-Feb-14 13:49:09

In Devon here. The winds were really bad mid-morning but they're clearly still strong because the change between blue sky and then black sky with rain is so rapid!!

I braved it earlier to take the dogs out, it had stopped raining but I've never seen so many wheelie bins blown over - some of them were full!!! And we were 'only' on an Amber warning...

I've just contacted my colleague to warn him as he has a caravan in North Wales. Not a lot he can do but he's got someone keeping an eye on it for him.

thanks Gloria that xc one is perfect. 20-45mph gusts here are bad enough, really feel for all of you in the sw, wales and nw.

rallytog1 Wed 12-Feb-14 13:52:34

V weird here in west Cheshire. We're in the red warning area, but the sun is shining and wind has dropped. Suspect this may be the weird calm before the storm but it feels a bit eerie. Dh and I are both off work today and have decided we're not going anywhere this afternoon.

I'm back but its going to take a little time for me to thaw and dry out. I discovered my new boots are not waterproof. hmpfff. locally its only gusting to 50mph.

rallytog, youll find the winds suddenly pick up later this afternoon and it will be really fierce when it does.

stars, when is he setting off?

Marne Wed 12-Feb-14 13:58:00

Just stopped raining here in dorset but wind is still strong, at least the school run should be dry.

gnushoes Wed 12-Feb-14 13:59:14

I might have missed this being posted upthread but if not... tornado warning...

teta Wed 12-Feb-14 14:00:00

Same happening with us in Shropshire.Its gone strangely quiet and the sun has appeared.There's a light breeze fluttering the leaves in the hedgerows.Is this the equivalent of the eye of the storm Oybbk?

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:01:44

I'm in North West Wales near the coast.

This morning we had very heavy rain and wind, but it has stopped for now... wind seems to be picking up though.

Just how bad do we expect it to be? Are we talking power cuts and trees down? I've just called my Dad on the advice of this thread and told him to tie down the trampoline!

coffeeinbed Wed 12-Feb-14 14:02:16

BBC London just said winds up to 100mhp in Wales.
Can't be true, surely.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 14:03:02

Pretty windy here now. Luckily DH got back with good supplies and I'm washing the kids onesies so they can be warm and cosy if we lose power. Still got the school run at 3 though...

starsandunicorns hopefully he'll be driving away from the worst of it if he's heading to Bristol? Must be awful for you.

AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 14:05:24

Lunchtime news said there are reports of trees down in N Wales. At least as deciduous ones are not in leaf, there might not be as many going over as in earlier storms.

Reporter in Newquay already talking about impact on local economy of likely half-term washout.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 14:05:45

Good illustration of squally, here. Every now and then the wind picks up and the rain is being hammered against the front and the back windows at the same time!

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 14:05:59

Swansea: extremely high wind, the sort that makes me nervous and I am not of a nervous disposition! Not much rain with it, squally showers leccy is flickering on and off ever few minutes,,,,
Posting this now incase it goes,
lostinwales hope you are ok.

Gusting above 90mph in parts of Wales now.

I am really worried for lost, but she may well have lost power I guess.

AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 14:07:40

DH has been working away since Monday, and is driving back here lat this afternoon, bu it looks as if he'll be only in yellow (just fringing into amber) so I'm not worrying about him at the moment. I hope everyone on the road stays safe.

coffee, I'm afraid it looks very likely. It is hurricane force. This compares with the 1990 Burns night storm I think.

Dillydollydaydream Wed 12-Feb-14 14:08:31

Sounds scary. Weather says gusts of up to 53mph here which is bad enough, for the school run in half hour on foot bit concerned.

coffeeinbed Wed 12-Feb-14 14:09:28

I've ran out of swearwords.
It doesn't happen often.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 14:10:04

Satellite pic

HumphreyCobbler Wed 12-Feb-14 14:10:42

scary wind gusts here in Monmouthshire
am wondering if I should pick up dc instead of leaving for the bus

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 14:11:18

Same here, dilly, and the snow has turned to hard icy slush, as predicted. Will probably have to walk in the road to avoid going down the hill on my backside.

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 14:12:00

kitten Its quite scary here in Swansea and lost is getting it worse than we are I suppose given where she is? We have not had this wind speed here for donkeys... My electric is going bonkers, on and off and on again. I am getting flasks filled as I type. I have to go get kids at 4-5pm... I am afraid to drive actually and I'm a hard arse normally.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 14:15:40

stars, BBC travel has only just said the M6 Thelwall viaduct has restrictions on it in the last 20mins (centre of warrington sounds screwed already as usual when its windy like this). If anything the wind seems to have eased up in the last hour too.

It is bad, but I have seen it a lot worse in the past. Warrington and Cheshire have a amber rather than a red warning and it improves as you go south.

Merseyside does have a red warning, but if he's coming from Liverpool along the M62 I think he would be ok. The M62 between St Helens and Warrington doesn't have a warning on at the moment, and thats a usual black spot for the wind.

I think he's liable to have more problems with the traffic than the conditions as such if I'm honest. Going in rush hour as a HGV driver sounds much more preferable to going in the early hours in high winds.

Sure he'll be fine.

Theres a buoy in the Irish sea that has sustained 78mph and gusts to 110mph. Now that wont translate to the same wind speeds as it hits Wales but it gives you an idea of how dangerous this storm is. It is the same strength of a category 1 hurricane.

I just opened the door to a delivery driver and it swung open so fast it nearly took me with it! Really dreading going out in a bit. I hope everyone is ok it must be really scary in the red

Dp has left liverpool 10-15 mins ago he texted when wagon getting loaded then down to bristol and back up to warrington finish time midnight he says he not got a curtain wagon thank for small merceys

I agree that it is better to be travelling during rush hour than at speed in this weather. If he is leaving soon then he should be away from the worst of it.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:18:55

Wind has picked up considerably in North West Wales. Some scarily strong gusts.

I've moved my car to the lee side of the house (although thinking about it, that's probably where the roof tiles would land...), moved garden furniture into shelter...

We have a flimsy old corrugated iron shed that suffered a lot in the last storms, lost a door. I wonder if the roof might go this time?

Phoned my Dad - he has lost power. But I'm nearer the coast than he is, so I think it's worse here, but more trees where he is I guess.

Good smile He is getting away before the really strong stuff hits. by 9pm it should be much calmer and easier for him.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 14:19:37

just off out into the wind and rain to school.

Thankyou red thanks I have themral vidact to deal with tonight but normaly end up only doing 20 mph anyway yes warrington the carpark of the northwest grin

Take care blackeyed smile

theywillgrowup Wed 12-Feb-14 14:27:21

the wind and rain have stopped,has the storm passed,Dorset

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:28:44

Amazing how little warning there has been in the media for this - they're all over it now, but it's a little too late.

I'm usually quite aware of the weather, but I had no idea it was predicted to get this bad today.

Just called DP, who is making deliveries across North West Wales today, and he didn't know it was forecast to get worse. He said "Oh i'd better pull the flags in from the forecourt then"... errrr yes, if they're still there!

TORRO have issued a tornado watch.

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 14:32:09

All home, all safe, just filling bath, getting candles and charging every thing that needs charge. Thank you OYBBK because I was the only person I know goint, 'it's going to be windy, VERY windy, maybe we should think about how best to deal with this'. Anyway, back in a bit when we are sorted. If the electricity stays!

I think the media have been negligent over this. We knew it was going to get this bad certainly yesterday and there has been some indication for a few days (its on the part 2 warnings thread). People really need to know in advance, especially in being able to prepare for power loss and travel.

Thank goodness Lost smile I was beginning to get a little concerned. I hope your power stays.

The Clifton suspension bridge is closed til further notice.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:38:26

Flask filled, mobile charged, garden furniture moved.

Anything else I should consider?

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:39:38

Speed restrictions on the Anglesey bridges, and closed to high sided vehicles - but that's nothing unusual.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:41:08

My main work office is closing at 3pm, they're worried that the anglesey bridges are going to close.

magimedi Wed 12-Feb-14 14:41:38

Get some drinking water stored & maybe fill the bath, for loo flushing?? Just in case your water goes off. Don't know how likely that is.

Hope you are all OK - we have a gale (East Sussex) but not that bad.

Insurance documents should be in a place you can find easily, heating on. I wouldnt be doing anything like going into the loft now if the wind is really up.

Best1sWest Wed 12-Feb-14 14:43:25

Cripes, the M4 Britton Ferry bridge near Swansea is closed too. I haven't know that to close before due to wind but a truck blew over on it at the weekend. There'll be chaos on the roads.

Best1sWest Wed 12-Feb-14 14:45:01

So glad I have't done my usual commute to Cardiff today even if it is because of d&v

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 14:45:49

I have a friend who is planning on travelling up the N Wales coast tonight, I suggested she might call it off due to the weather, she says she's happy to try.... should I urge her not to?

Don't want to come across as dramatic!

Felix90 Wed 12-Feb-14 14:46:57

I'm feeling very lucky that it's not too bad in Leeds after reading this thread. There's a massive junction in the city which is closing at 4pm due to the wind. We had a power cut last night and there's been more across the city today.

Hope everyone stays safe! It all sounds very scary!

meglet Wed 12-Feb-14 14:53:56

All quiet in north hampshire confused.

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 15:08:51

Been chucking down in Staines for ages, just had sudden downpour of hailstones. Feel slightly sorry for the BBC reporter currently huddled on the riverbank.

The west coast mainline is being closed at 7pm.

LostInWales Wed 12-Feb-14 15:13:58

Gladits having been out on the roads until about an hour ago I would try and get her to postpone. There is a LOT of debris on the roads and a lot of trees down, tiles are flying off roofs and that's not going to improve!

I don't like this. I am ready for everything, the schools all very sensibly closed (DS1 said the school had two options, send them all home immediately or keep them until after 9pm, I am so glad they took the send them all home route.) Got torches, got candles, just have to sit and wait, uh oh, electricity going on and off, see you later, I hope!

LIZS Wed 12-Feb-14 15:17:58

Good luck to those having to travel through it . Seems to be easing a bit here (SE). Next door's gate has just come off its hinges and fallen into one of our fence panels, splitting it . Easily into double figures of panels to replace now sad

All schools in Pembrokshire are closed.

They should have done it before.

106mph in Aberdaron, in north west Wales has been recorded.

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 15:28:03

I'm leaving to pick up dc's - Going to need a pampers on to drive in this.

canutesauntie Wed 12-Feb-14 15:28:06

The wind coming up the Severn has let up a bit now so the electric has stopped flickering for now - thanks for the reminders to fill flasks and charge things everyone. There are several roads being closed locally after this mornings rain and the Wye is over its banks from Ross down to Monmouth in loads of places. My Facebook feed has pictures of the bridge at Monmouth with the water above the arches and so much debris!
Worried about friends down in West Wales. One lives just up the coast from Aberystwyth alongside the beach and they have already had several batterings since Christmas!

take care threebats.

I would stay away from crossing the Pennines this evening - blizzard conditions look likely.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 15:34:19

Oooooo Its just picked up here again too.

lizzylocket Wed 12-Feb-14 15:47:09

93.6 mph winds recorded on the Cleddau Bridge in Pembs. Is it going to get any worse OYBBK?

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 15:47:43

Blue sky here now, very calm and still. Am I in the eye of it?!

MorvahRising Wed 12-Feb-14 15:49:53

Gone all quiet here too now, luckily just in time for the school run!

MehQueen Wed 12-Feb-14 15:51:49

We experienced the same interval of calm for about 45 minutes but now the storm is back with a vengeance. sad

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 15:57:04

Whats your local windspeed and gust speed?

Apparently gusting up to 49mph round here but that was a couple of hours ago and it seems worst now. We seem to be getting of lightly compared to other parts though.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 15:58:21

It had died down to general strong winds here, but just blasting again now in NW Wales.

Is it likely to get worse OYBBK, or is this the full force of the storm?

Electric is flickering...

chocolateshoes Wed 12-Feb-14 16:01:38

Lancashire Cumbria border here. Some big gusts. Should be taking ds to jujitsu later but thinking of cancelling tonight. Is it going to get worse do you think?

rallytog1 Wed 12-Feb-14 16:06:13

West Cheshire still not too bad - winds are strong and gusty but nothing worse than we've seen in the last few weeks. Hope that doesn't mean it's saving itself up for rush hour.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 12-Feb-14 16:06:37

>Is it going to get worse do you think?
yes - there is a [ RED]] wind warning over parts of wales and NW England for later on this evening. DH was going to a meeting in Manchester, he's decided against it, and we're going to chuck DD out of her bedroom at the rear of the house till its passed as there are some tall trees which are due to be removed because they've been deemed unsafe... but the weather hasn't been good enough for them to get the job done. And the wind is coming from precisely the wrong direction from our POV.

Just been outside to turn the garden table over as its less likely to get blown around that way.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 16:09:47

Its forecast to be worst round Manchester about 9pm, but it looks like its going to be nearly as bad from now until then anyway.

pinklady1107 Wed 12-Feb-14 16:11:35

Dartford bridge in south east closed - no where as bad as some have it but its pretty bad and my kitten has not come home yet sad

Hope everyone stays safe xx

TwentiethCenturyGirl Wed 12-Feb-14 16:13:31

The wind has really got up now in Manchester.

I've just heard that they've closed the Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 in both directions and are probably going to have to close Barton Bridge on the M60. The rush hour commute is going to be chaos tonight...

ToffeeWhirl Wed 12-Feb-14 16:13:53

Am in East Sussex. The school run was scary today. I don't think I've ever had to walk in such strong wind and rain before. I wondered if we should shelter in the school before going home, but everyone was going out in it, so (like a sheep blush) I followed, but kept an eye out for flying debris and falling fences on the way.

According to a website I found, that wind was only about 27mph. Frankly, it was scary enough. Can't even begin to imagine how scary it would be to be in a wind of up to 100mph.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 16:20:21

It's scary here in NW Wales now. Thankfully my friend has cancelled her plans to travel.

Watching my garage roof flapping up and down, I think we might lose it.

MehQueen Wed 12-Feb-14 16:25:28

Its forecast to be worst round Manchester about 9pm, but it looks like its going to be nearly as bad from now until then anyway.

Red - I dread to think of it getting much worse than it is now.

kippersmum Wed 12-Feb-14 16:28:43

Getting pretty wild now in the IOM, we are not on the met office red warning but our local met office has issued a red warning for wind. I'm debating whether to take DD1 to cubs... everything apart from cuns appears to have been cancelled

ToffeeWhirl Wed 12-Feb-14 16:30:16

I'd give it a miss, kipper. Better safe than sorry.

JillJ72 Wed 12-Feb-14 16:33:09

I think a sensible option would be to do cub things at home - makeshift camp, hot choc and games. Not venture out.

North Bucks. Into Northants today, blowing a hoolie and lashing down on drive back to north Bucks at lunchtime. We either have bright or stormy skies scudding across, and windy gusts howling down the chimneys. Wind was howling through work windows today, that's a first.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 16:33:48

Getting worse. Neighbour's shed roof is flapping around like a flag.

Just re-secured garden furniture and gates. Neighbour's Wheelie bins and recycling bins scattered down the road. Mine are secure.

Lorry down on one of the Anglesey bridges, so it's closed. Lots of minor roads closed due to trees down.

There's a huge old oak tree overhanging my house which scares the hell out of me. If it comes down it's bringing our telephone line with it, and will hit the house. I'm keeping a close eye on it.

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 12-Feb-14 16:35:16

I'm in SE cornwall at the moment and the worst wind seems to have stopped, fortunately. It was really scary earlier, so hope all are ok where it is even worse. Will the wind pick up again later?

I'm just posting because a lot of trees have come down on roads today, so it's probably a good idea to check before travelling. There's also been a couple of serious accidents possibly due to the weather- In particular I think people may have problems travelling from the tamar bridge towards trerulefoot roundabout. I believe at the moment large sections of the A38 have been closed due to an accident and an (unrelated) fallen tree in the area.

Also apparently lots of trees fallen onto roads in Devon too.

I would guess that there are trees down in other places too- On Saturday there was a tree down on the A38 which I didn't see reported on anywhere although I think it was moved quite quickly.

I really hope no-one has been seriously hurt/injured and everyone manages to stay safe.

embouchure Wed 12-Feb-14 16:39:35

Very quiet here in Surrey. Heavy rain earlier and a bit gusty, but all quiet really.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 16:42:53

w mids it is windy, but not the worst it has been. we had a squall just at the wrong moment. we managed to shelter under the canopy though before popping round to the door to collect ds and got back to the car in relative dryness. we were treated to the most spectacular double rainbow and a veiw of the retreating cloud with anvil and bubbly underside of anvil. even ds said the cloud was black so it must have been very dark grey.

sorry, guys, I'm in between work clients at the moment, so not much time to post. Those of you in Wales are in the worst of it I think at the moment until around 6pm, maybe a bit longer. those in the east of the red warning, should be over the worst by about 9pm.

slowloris, you should be over the worse now.

AmberLeaf Wed 12-Feb-14 16:43:28

Was really blowy at around 2-3pm, much calmer now. [SE London]

Lots of wheelie bins that had been blown over when I did the school run.

Happiestinwellybobs Wed 12-Feb-14 16:43:37

Scary in Lancashire. Fence panels down in our garden, and I have sent DH out to collect DD from nursery. Lots of big trees near us, but not near our house fortunately.

toffee - that was probably mean wind speed, you'd have been gusting 50-60mph I'd have thought.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 12-Feb-14 16:44:49

just realised half the greenhouse panels are gone

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 16:46:16

there are a few trees down round here too and we are nowhere near the worst of it.

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 12-Feb-14 16:46:19

OYBBK Glad we are over the worst. Fingers crossed everyone else is ok too.

I just want this weather to be over now sad

Ok, apparently I do have some unexpected free time!

UriGeller Wed 12-Feb-14 16:52:04

How long is this wind going to last? We're in NW and its gusting wildly but no damage as far as I can see. Got to go out with the juggernaut double pram tomorrow. Its basically a high sided vehicle

chocolateshoes Wed 12-Feb-14 16:53:52

Thanks errol. I think I'll stay home then & will give jujitsu a miss. We've been so lucky to escape all the previous bad weather, I'm worried it's our turn now.

Stay safe everyone.

met office warnings have been updated. The amber zones have been expanded from what I can see but I'm not quite sure. Snow warnings out too.

Winds will pretty quickly die down to a more blustery level over night.

pepperrabbit Wed 12-Feb-14 16:56:24

I was scared driving home from work earlier in the worst of our bit of the storm (NE Hampshire), standing water on the roads and bits of tree flying around with just sheets of water coming down and sideways at the car. I cannot imagine how awful it must be for everyone in the red warning area. And the traffic lights had been blown round on the roundabout so you had different lights telling you different things at the same time hmm
Then we had huge amounts of hail at about 3pm, then bright sunshine confused.
Now it's windy but dry. My fence didn't make it angry

CPtart Wed 12-Feb-14 16:59:09

Also in lancashire. Extremely windy, huge tree in front garden swaying wildly. Have just weighted down bins and garden furniture but wind sounds like it will blow the window panes through.

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 12-Feb-14 17:02:10

Winds and heavy rain has suddenly got up again. Really strong with sideways rain. Hopefully it is just a small patch and will tail off soon. =/

LadyCelia Wed 12-Feb-14 17:05:12

Crikey, it was bad enough down here in Surrey at lunchtime today, so I really feel for those of you further north & in Wales at the moment (particularly in the IoM, kippersmum, hope you are all OK). DS's school is closed now til after half term to clear up all the fallen trees from this afternoon!

OYBBK, would it be a really bad idea to drive from the SE to Cornwall tomorrow before the next weather front hits on Friday, or should my parents just leave it til after the weekend (as I am trying to persuade them!) And thank you for your updates, they are really appreciated by us all.

bobbinogs Wed 12-Feb-14 17:06:22

Can anyone give me info.... I'm on a train home from London to Preston....due to drive from Preston railway station to Clitheroe at around 7 tonight.... What's it like at the moment, what am I likely to face.... If it looks too dangerous I'll try and get a bed for the night in Preston.... Kids are home and safe with dad....anyone local to the area let me know what's happening....

Ladycelia, apart from actual road conditions tomorrow should be ok. I think that the flooding after saturdays storm is going to be even worse, so actually tomorrow is probably better. (unless theres a reason why you dont want them this weekend then, yes, yes of course they should stay at home!)

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 17:09:42

OYBK - the snow gates on the A66 were shut last night, anyhow and it's been shut to high sided vehicles for most of the day.

The rain's eased off in the north east but the wind is yet to reach its peak and the forecasts are now worse than they were earlier this afternoon.

embouchure Wed 12-Feb-14 17:11:08

LadyCelia we must be in different parts of Surrey as was very quiet for me here in my bit of Surrey - a bit gusty, but nothing bad.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 17:11:37

Is there more forecast for Saturday OYBBK?

I'm supposed to be travelling to Mid-Wales. I'd be thrilled if I couldn't make it...

bobbinogs, I obviously dont know the local conditions but weatherwise it is going to be particularly bad around that time. Is your train running to time?

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 17:13:18

And yes, the amber zones now cover more of the Northeast.

CPtart Wed 12-Feb-14 17:14:39

I'm in Preston, we are in the "red zone" here and tbh although it is supposed to ease by about 9pm tonight I wouldn't fancy driving anywhere tonight. There is a Premier Inn about 5 mins from the station, might be safer??

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:15:30

Horrendous here in North Wales. Slates are flying off our roof and landing Luke daggers in the garden. Winds of 105 mph and lots of trees down . Schools closed.sad

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 17:15:44

A66 for high sided vehicles just re-confirmed

Highways Agency ‏@HAtraffic_neast 15s

#A66 closed in both directions to all #highsided vehicles between A1 and M6 due to strong winds.

I spotted a few other transpennine routes that had the same status, when I skimmed through.

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 17:16:43

Bobbinogs I'm in rossendale and it's windy but nothing particularly bad yet . The dogs are scared though. I know that things can change quickly though and I think it said on the news that trains won't be running between Preston and shap from 19:00-21:00. I hope you're ok.

LadyCelia Wed 12-Feb-14 17:18:29

OYBBK, thank you - they can't get back to the IoM as DM won't get on the ferry in this weather (even if they do run!) so they want to get away to see friends down there instead, so tomorrow is good then!

embouchure - SW London/N.Surrey border, and it was wild for about an hour! I was driving down the A3 and struggling to keep the car straight at one stage. Not like that mad storm that came through the other Saturday though. And since then it has been nice & sunny, so strange.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:21:03

108 mph now. sad

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 17:23:23

Bobbinogs are you due to go through Crewe?

Just seen this on Twitter:

All railway lines blocked at #Crewe and the station has been evacuated due to damage to the station roof and debris #UKStorm

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 17:23:54

Still very bad in N Wales... and I've just discovered a leak in the roof sad

NEED DP to come home from work, I'm scared!!!

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 17:24:03

the amber warning has encroached further into the west midlands area and nearer to us. if it gets bad i will sleep with the children downstairs.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 17:25:43

So not only is the M6 shut at Knutsford (with traffic being diverted over Barton Bridge at the moment) but now the A50 at Holmes Chapel is closed in both directions due to a fallen tree.

So if you are trying to get south/north by car tonight around the around, my advice would be JUST DON'T BOTHER. Find a nice cheap warm hotel and hope that the lights don't go out (ours have been flickering in the last half an hour)

From experience I imagine travelling times north and south of Warrington will be at least 2 - 3 hours (instead of the usual 20mins). I do not envy anyone out there.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:25:50

Where are you Glad I'm near Caernarfon ?

sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 17:26:19

Millyblodyn I hope you are safe.

mrsquagmire Wed 12-Feb-14 17:26:43

Staffs-Shropshire border. We had the rain & wind and then the sun & now we're having very strong gusts which are making my house creak alarmingly. Will be glad when this is over (I know there's more on the way).

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 12-Feb-14 17:27:25

All quiet here (SE cornwall) again after a brief thunderstorm. Really hope that's the last of it for today!

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:29:31

Thank you safe. It's very scary and were just waiting it out in the hope that it stops by 9.00 pm. Snow on the mountains opposit. At least we have a roaring fire.

bobbinogs Wed 12-Feb-14 17:29:40

Thankyou, train on time, I think I'm
Not going to risknthe drive, might try and get a train to
Blackburn and Clitheroe, or just sit in preston for a while! Any developments let me know

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:31:29

sorry meant sew....
just put my glasses

digerd Wed 12-Feb-14 17:33:07


Storm arrived about 1pm till 3.45 when the sun came out.
Little dog still not all dry and rose arch and roses fallen down onto the river bank sad. It's staying like that until the spring now !

leesmum Wed 12-Feb-14 17:35:40

Oh my ...very windy in Manchester ...and lights have been get candles/torches/wine out..just in case!!

Methe Wed 12-Feb-14 17:40:05

I drove from home from work this afternoon, m6 & M5 West Midlands and the roads were absolutely treacherous. Lorries were being blown about, my little car was hard to keep in a straight line, stuff all over the carriageway.

Stay at home unless unless you absolutely have to go out is my advice!

Felix90 Wed 12-Feb-14 17:40:28

Wind and rain has picked up in Leeds and it's very noisy. A few dustbins blew down the street earlier. Luckily I live in a row of back to back terraced houses so no garden fences or furniture to blow away! Feel very sorry for you lot in the red warning zone sad

MabliD Wed 12-Feb-14 17:41:22

Not really a weather watcher, but watched a portaloo fly off down our road this afternoon and am now paying close attention! We are 6 miles inland of the west wales coast, about 16 miles south of Aberystwyth, and everything has gone eeriely quiet. Are we over the worst of it now? Schools kicked out at lunchtime today and the university campus was evacuated about 3pm. Poor old Aber has taken another pasting. sad

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:44:06

Mab we are still in the thick of it here . I'm on the coast here near Caernarfon and its mayhem.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:46:58

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ErrolTheDragon Wed 12-Feb-14 17:47:45

sewingandcakes - if you want to know exactly what the wind is doing in Rossendale here is the live weather station at the sailing club. Gale/strong gale at the moment. For once probably not quite so bad as where I am near Preston.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:48:21

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MehQueen Wed 12-Feb-14 17:49:20

Oh no Milly

Hope you are okay.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:49:33

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ErrolTheDragon Wed 12-Feb-14 17:50:06

I think I'll go and make dinner now to be on the safe side.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:51:30

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MabliD Wed 12-Feb-14 17:52:05

If it's moving northwards milly you should hopefully be out of the worst of it in a few hours - it's still very windy here, but compared to three hours ago it's like a dead calm. Electrics have been stable now since 4pm having been on and off all afternoon. Hope it passes without further damage for all of us!

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:52:13

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stay safe Milly.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:52:29

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JillJ72 Wed 12-Feb-14 17:52:49

BBC lice feed reports the overhead power cables at Crewe station are on fire. Passengers safe in hotels.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:52:59

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MabliD Wed 12-Feb-14 17:53:10

Stay warm and safe milly sad

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:53:10

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JillJ72 Wed 12-Feb-14 17:53:17

No, I hope the BBC do not feed lice!! That should say "live"

Mab, you should be through the worst of it now I should think.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:53:35

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sewingandcakes Wed 12-Feb-14 17:53:50

Thanks Erroll I'll have a look at that I think it's much worse for you in Preston, I hope you're ok. I also need to sort tea out now in case we lose power too.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:55:38

electricity now gone.

Catching up with the reports since I went out.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:56:18

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MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:56:34

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Gladit, yes there is more on Saturday. at the moment it looks like the winds will be less strong (more like 70mph I should think) but affecting the south more. The problem is that it looks like a huge rainmaker at present.

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:58:24

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AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 17:58:39

SKY reports at least 20,000 homes without power.

Roof collapse (?) at Crewe causing major rail problems. Virgin advising all west coast line passengers not to travel. (They haven't quite said everything's cancelled, but it must be getting close to that).

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 17:58:47

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RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:02:35

I think that the electricity is feeding back on Milly!

Pointeshoes Wed 12-Feb-14 18:05:30

We're on the welsh shropshire boarder , very windy, had power cuts and house alarms going off. Just getting some food down us case the power goes off again. DH is driving home in this sad

Llareggub Wed 12-Feb-14 18:05:37

My house is on a hill facing Swansea Bay. My house is shaking and I've watched tiles flying off houses in front. I drove along the bay earlier and it was like a sandstorm. There are trees down all over the place. It was also plastic recycling collection day so there are plastic containers flying through the air!

MillyBlodyn Wed 12-Feb-14 18:06:14

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ChasedByBees Wed 12-Feb-14 18:07:07

Yikes. I'm flying into Heathrow later must not read anymore about big windiness

Feeling slightly more uneasy than I was a few moments ago!

Pointeshoes Wed 12-Feb-14 18:07:43

Lights flickering again. Just charging phone up just in case

chasedbybees, heathrow itself should be ok, just quite gusty.

ChasedByBees Wed 12-Feb-14 18:10:41

Phew, that's reassuring!

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:10:56

DH left work at 4.30pm. It takes him 20mins to get home normally. Still no sign of him. He's fed up and running out of fuel.

Wild here - The heavy kids slide in our garden has blown over. DD's trip with guides has been cancelled, thankfully, and DS1 has decided to stay in and watch the football instead of going to chess club.

Friends have lost slates off roofs, and another now has an extra shed in her garden.

I feel awful for Milly, but it is a tiny humour in a very horrible time. We are going to need another thread by the end of the day!

Pointe I hope he gets home soon.

BuildUpMyFence Wed 12-Feb-14 18:12:51

My dd thinks I am horrible, asking "are you laughing at someone who has lost their electricity?" I said not it the repeated posts and someone saying it is being fed back in now. Hope it gets sorted for you soon, Milly x

manky - extra shed could be handy! Stay safe though.

Redtooth, I hope he makes it back soon. I really feel for all of you.

springlamb Wed 12-Feb-14 18:16:34

I should think milly will have a look later on once she's through it and p herself laughing.

Thunderstorm here now on Romney marshes. High winds but nowt like some of you are dealing with, stay safe all.

Lagoonablue Wed 12-Feb-14 18:16:35

Just lost 3 ridge tiles off extension roof. Great.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:17:29

He's just called. He's about a mile and a half away now. There's another tree half blocking the road stuck in a bus shelter but he can get past. Seems like there are trees down everywhere round here. Its scary. I think I've only known one storm this bad in the last 10 years.

some slightly better news - the tuesday/wednesday storm has vanished from gfs again

He will be home soon redtooth smile

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:21:58

He's home thank fuck!

kippersmum Wed 12-Feb-14 18:22:06

LadyCelia, no boats last night & today & tonight, & looking unlikely for tomorrow morning. Your parents will be able to rebook the ferry no problem I would have thought.

bobbinogs Wed 12-Feb-14 18:22:58

My London to preston train has been sent back to Nuneaton, we are sitting at the station......multiple overhead wires problems.....' No further services going north or south' I think everything's cancelled....oh we'll at least I don't have to worry about driving home from preston.....

threebats Wed 12-Feb-14 18:25:58

My drive to get dc's went like this - a roof blown off a house, as in, the whole actual roof not just a few tiles and deposited in middle of main road. Road into Llanelli shut completely thanks to fallen trees and the M4 shut while trains are cancelled... Tree branches all over the place - arrive home to the fence between next door and I shedding its timber like its peeling paper off a ringbinder - have electric however so am making the dinner now while I can.
Stay safe all.

GladitsnotJustMe Wed 12-Feb-14 18:26:36

Poor Milly!

Elec still on here in Flintshire coast, but it's still rough.

DP home, reported that our garage roof has gone.

Doggies wondering why they're not getting a walk tonight!

Local traffic report loads of roads closed locally due to trees down... !

Got home just after 6left work 4:30 went over warbutron bridge warrington backed up scary when in queue of traffic and car is rocking and the lamposts swaying warrington is totaly gridlock got me 30 mins to a mile rounabout oppsite my flat gridlocked I seen it bad but not like this

Dp is having a 30 min break at service station just outside bristol he said had a few scares but is ok

TwllBach Wed 12-Feb-14 18:31:04

I'm in North Wales and our school closed early. It's really scary! The bridges have been closed as well so we can't get off the island and there is a lot of power off in the town. Our lights are flickering, but not off at the moment.

horrific threebats!

Apparently Virgin trains tweeted: ALL CUSTOMERS TO ABANDON TRAVEL


BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Feb-14 18:32:27

milly, has your electricity gone off by any chance?

just take heart from the fact everyone will think you are chaos with a name change. grin

hope you are ok. smile

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:33:44

Scary landing at Manchester airport with pictures.

Barton Bridge is closed now. (Just reported on BBC local news but not yet updated on their travel site)

M6 closed until 10pm. Apparently it was getting gusts of 69mph when they decided to close it.

Going to eat my dinner (thanks dh) then I'll be back.

JillJ72 Wed 12-Feb-14 18:34:35

Wind getting up again in N Bucks. DH was in Essex today, saw numerous accidents. On way back through Beds/Bucks he saw a tree toppled onto a car transporter. He said "bloody windy" - takes a fair bit for him to comment....

JillJ72 Wed 12-Feb-14 18:34:57

Lashing down..... Sounds like hail

bobbinogs, I hope they can find you some accommodation.

Maryz Wed 12-Feb-14 18:39:36

kitten, are you getting the same weather system as we are in Ireland? Or is it two systems converging or something? Because Cork and Kerry got the worst of it this morning, Dublin should have been ok, but it's scarily wild at the moment.

zebrafinch Wed 12-Feb-14 18:40:12

OYBBK just wanted to say thank you for your postings

harbinger Wed 12-Feb-14 18:40:48

I feel very selfish to ask about Friday and Saturday whilst so much is happening tonight. I am very worried about travelling from the South coast to the Midlands on Friday. I believe another storm is due on Friday night, is it safe to leave the house? (re wind speed)
Travelling on the motorways will be grim but does the M25 ever get shut due to flooding?

Police have called off the City match tonight, citing safety reasons.

flootshoot Wed 12-Feb-14 18:43:15

harbinger I can't comment on the windspeed but I'm in the middle of all the flooding and about 1/2 mile from the M25. It's mostly raised here and there haven't been any problems. DH has driven on it every day with no issues.

bobbinogs Wed 12-Feb-14 18:44:03

Yes I do too, I was up at 4.30 this morning to get to this bloody training thing.......we're all sat here like numptys at the moment....occasional announcements to,the effect of we can't go forward or backwards and we're not,sure what's happening.......but we're safe and I know my kids are safe at home so that's the main thing.....there are worse things than a night in Nuneaton! Keep safe everyone, it sounds scary out there

Poor you bobbin. I got stuck on a train once between stations. It was no fun at all

TwentiethCenturyGirl Wed 12-Feb-14 18:45:58

Not surprised the City game is off. It's wild here - just looked out the bedroom window to see an unidentified item sailing down the road.

The M60 is apparently at a complete standstill - not sure anybody could have got to the game even if it was on!

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:48:45

Greater Manchester Fire has tweeted all officers off work to come in to respond to the high number of calls. They currently have 40 live calls.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 18:50:13

Local news keep abandoning links due to technical difficulties with the weather...

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 12-Feb-14 18:53:04

This may be useful for anyone affected by flooding/severe weather.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 18:56:00

Even though they're accepting West coast tickets into Scotland, East coast mainline trains are now at reduced speed between Newark and Darlington.

And I've been watching the feeds warning about the bad road conditions (specifically the M62) for Sunderland's away match at Man City, thinking why the hell is this going ahead? A tweet has just come through saying it has been abandoned because of the weather. Surely that sort of call should have been made this morning, before people started trying to travel.

Maryz, it's the same storm, but there have been two phases of the high winds, one generally to the south of the storm and then the very high winds around the core of the storm, with a potential sting jet forming.

Be with you in a few minutes harbinger, watching the news with dinner on my lap.

harbinger Wed 12-Feb-14 18:58:56

Thank you flootshoot, that's reassuring. I can barely cope with the normal 3.5-4 hour drive and would be in agony with any significant hold ups. (I know, can happen any old time!) Just didn't want to add in a lanes shut due to flooding......

Now, the wind............

AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 18:59:15

ouryve MCFC v SFC match has been called off.

And we have lightning and hail. Might have to power down the pc if continues.

pepperrabbit Wed 12-Feb-14 19:03:01

We're having proper thunder and lightening now confused

ToffeeWhirl Wed 12-Feb-14 19:03:26

kitten - I don't understand. Why is wind speed 27mph, but gusts 50 - 60mph confused. I don't understand the difference. It was scarily windy, though, so that makes more sense to me.

bobbin - sorry you're stuck on a train sad.

ouryve Wed 12-Feb-14 19:03:37

That's what I said, AuntieStella - it baffles me that they left it until so late in the day to make that call, when so many people will already have tried to make the 100+ mile journey.

windspeed is the steady background wind. Gusts are the big blows on top.

pepperrabbit Wed 12-Feb-14 19:05:45

and hail! Storming down the chimney and bouncing into the lounge, to the great excitement of the DCs.

AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 19:06:21

Oh I'm so sorry ouryve I was majoring on the first part of your post and that led me to make a bit of a hash of it all.

TheGreatHunt Wed 12-Feb-14 19:08:16

Where are you all with thunder and hail?? Hope it's not too scary.

RedToothBrush Wed 12-Feb-14 19:08:33

Police are asking people not to come in Manchester city centre.

Trains between manchester and stockport out now. It will be total chaos in the morning too round manchester.