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The (temporary) calm after the storm
We escaped very lightly in the horrendous storm that lashed the South and West of Britain. We did lose the power for a couple of hours, but I managed to cook most of the dinner on the little camping gaz stove and when the power came back I could finish it off quickly. No damage was done here, but we are tucked in under a hill, so unless the wind is coming from a very specific direction up the valley, we don't get the full force of it. Our local TV and radio transmitter was either damaged or had its power cut off because we had no TV or radio signal. However, as the power was back on, we watched the 100th episode of Midsomer Murders via the internet.

The coast was badly hit though. Caravans blown over in Aberystwyth, roofs badly damaged in Porthmadog and lots of people without power for many hours.

And apparently the storm due tomorrow is going to be even worse.

Can it be spring now, please?

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kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: February 13th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad you are OK but what a horrible storm! If this is any indication of future weather patterns we are in trouble!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 13th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
The flood in Worcester has now passed the marker put up in 1795 to mark the height of the Great Flood. It's been the wettest winter for 300 years in many parts of the country.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: February 13th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just insane!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 13th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least it's been warm! I think we've only had one day below freezing here all winter.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: February 14th, 2014 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes that is good at least!
cmcmck From: cmcmck Date: February 13th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
We took a bit of a battering in the southeast corner but nowhere near as bad. Must have been another inch of rain in a couple of hours though!

Glad you're okay.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 13th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The buses heading up the coast to Pwllheli left the college an hour early yesterday because the bus company was worried about the safety of buses and students. Down in the south, the M4 was closed so our daughter had to drive home via Brecon.

Roll on spring! I think we've all had enough of this now.
cmcmck From: cmcmck Date: February 13th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mostly things like the QEII Dartford Crossing having to close due to high winds and the M2 is a mess as a huge sink hole has opened up on it near Faversham (so much of this area is on chalk).

And let's not even mention the railways!.........
gillo From: gillo Date: February 13th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
This weather can stop any time it likes now. Please. I'm glad you were safe from the worst of it. I was somewhat concerned about my Mum in Deganwy, but at least she's at no risk from floods.

Stay safe and warm.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 15th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
We seem to have survived the most recent storm without even any power cuts. I believe that the weather should start to ease now, according to the forecast. There's still plenty of bad weather to come, but nowhere near as intense and with the storms spread further apart.

I just wish all the poor people who have been flooded could get back to their homes to start the clear up, but the water doesn't seem to be going anywhere just yet. :(
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: February 13th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The weather around the whole world is going nuts. This is one scary winter. Stay safe.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 15th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently (according to a Norwegian woman on the Facebook crochet group I belong to) they have had droughts and forest fires. In Norway! In February! This is completely wrong. The west coast of Norway is normally one of the wettest place in Europe. But at least I now know whose rain we've been having these past months.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: February 13th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
On this side of the pond, we're having yet more snow. We got close to a foot of it today, and now it's freezing rain on top. I am *so* ready for spring!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 15th, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently (according to a Norwegian woman on the Facebook crochet group I belong to) they have had droughts and forest fires. In Norway! In February! This is completely wrong. The west coast of Norway is normally one of the wettest place in Europe. But at least I now know whose rain we've been having these past months.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: February 14th, 2014 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Stay safe! I'm hoping summer lasts just a bit longer over here...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 15th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently (according to a Norwegian woman on the Facebook crochet group I belong to) they have had droughts and forest fires. In Norway! In February! This is completely wrong. The west coast of Norway is normally one of the wettest place in Europe. But at least I now know whose rain we've been having these past months.
carandol From: carandol Date: February 14th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've missed most of the bad weather up north, but that last storm did hit us in Lancaster - 100mph gusts, trees down everywhere, and both the M6 and railway cut off for quite a while. But mostly we've had easy - its not often the north is dryer than the south!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 15th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently (according to a Norwegian woman on the Facebook crochet group I belong to) they have had droughts and forest fires. In Norway! In February! This is completely wrong. The west coast of Norway is normally one of the wettest place in Europe. But at least I now know whose rain we've been having these past months. It should all have gone further north!
carandol From: carandol Date: February 15th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something to do with the jet-stream being much further south than usual for the time of year, which is why they're having snow in Florida. I've got friends over there who have only got one space-heater for the whole house, because you don't often need heating in Florida. They've all been huddled in one room, with burst pipes and ice on the windows, and -6C outside!
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