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Old 26-12-2013, 21:12   #1
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Storms hitting the British Isles.

Thinking of all of our members in the British Isles. I hope you are all safe during this time that is supposed to be festive. You have been and continue to be pummeled by storm after storm. I just want you to know we are thinking of you.

BBC News - More storms ahead as thousands still without power
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Old 27-12-2013, 00:52   #2
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Interesting link.

We humans are really vulnerable to natural disasters.....as are most of the other animals.

Seriously, though, I hope they all come out of it okay--it's ruddy cold there!
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Thanks for the kind thoughts. I usually try to avoid being in the UK over winter but this year I am here.

Been a bit breezy (!) but not too much damage from the wind, its the amount of rain falling on already soaked ground that is the problem. I live 50 yards from the River Severn and it broke its banks on the far side on Christmas Day and completely covered the flood plain. It is 12ft above its normal level but would need to rise another 3 or 4ft to cause any problems to houses. Seems to be on its way down now so all should be ok here at least.
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

[QUOTE=Jeannius;1424251]Thanks for the kind thoughts. I usually try to avoid being in the UK over winter but this year I am here.

Been a bit breezy (!) but not too much damage from the wind, its the amount of rain falling on already soaked ground that is the problem. I live 50 yards from the River Severn and it broke its banks on the far side on Christmas Day and completely covered the flood plain. It is 12ft above its normal level but would need to rise another 3 or 4ft to cause any problems to houses.
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Good on you. I hope you're in a secure situation. "Tis scary..

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Old 27-12-2013, 03:34   #5
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Its blowing a steady F8 this morning but not as bad as the 23rd. Went down to the marina on Christmas Eve to check on the boat. We have a popped fender and lost the dinghy seat.

However, a couple of yachts further along the pontoon were in a real mess. Took over a hour to untangle the rigging then pull a 1950 wooden yawl into the wind and back in to her slip after she had broken away and badly damaged a little GRP yacht. Can't help but think the GRP yacht is now a right off. Not nice for the owner just before Christmas.

Sorry for the blurry pic, it was blowing a hooley at the time.

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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Just managed to get into Esbjerg after 10 days out in the North Sea, planning on our Christmas dinner tomorrow.
Hope my sister is OK, has a house on the cliff tops SW Ireland, in for a bit of a battering.
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

What on earth were you doing in the North Sea, must have been wild out there is this weather.

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What on earth were you doing in the North Sea, must have been wild out there is this weather.

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Not on a sail boat that was for sure. Had to work. A tanker mooring/loading system had been torn to bits in those storms early December and I was lucky enough to be volunteered to go out and attempt to fish the bits off the sea bed and put things back together, but as we found out yesterday after having recovered the system, the damage was a lot more than they were expecting, and not much that we could do with it other than salvage what was left over and bring it ashore.
And yes,it has been pretty wild out here, we put up with 10 days of anything beween F8 and F11, so we are all pretty happy to be in port
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Not on a sail boat that was for sure. Had to work. A tanker mooring/loading system had been torn to bits in those storms early December and I was lucky enough to be volunteered to go out and attempt to fish the bits off the sea bed and put things back together, but as we found out yesterday after having recovered the system, the damage was a lot more than they were expecting, and not much that we could do with it other than salvage what was left over and bring it ashore.
And yes,it has been pretty wild out here, we put up with 10 days of anything beween F8 and F11, so we are all pretty happy to be in port
Glad you got back safe, Nigel.

And have a prosperous New Year.

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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Thank you Ann, and a prosperous new year to you and Jim.
Sitting down to Christmas dinner in half and hour, then we'll be heading back out at midnight.
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Just managed to get into Esbjerg after 10 days out in the North Sea, planning on our Christmas dinner tomorrow.
Hope my sister is OK, has a house on the cliff tops SW Ireland, in for a bit of a battering.
I'm in Ireland at the moment , at its was fairly severe in the SW night before last gusts around 100 mph , about 70000 homes knocked out with power , most reconnected by today.

Funnily Ireland has few engineered rivers so flooding is rarely a serious issue.

100mph is unusual here in any case. Little damage

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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

Winter hurricanes...keep your heads down.
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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

At least its not cold so far this year

Oh great sunshine al this morning so washed the muck of the Suzuki and now its raining again, just for a change,

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Winter hurricanes...keep your heads down.
Yeah the main issue is bits of flying debris , etc. hits the pickup truck etc. pita

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Re: Storms hitting the British Isles.

I got this message from a pal the other day:

Dr. Eddy Graham's Hebridean Weather Blog - UHI Mahara

Apparently, they are seeing unprecedented barometric lows over the UK lately. I thought the 948 mb I saw earlier in the fall was ridiculously low, but at 939 mb, the high tides gain significant height just because they aren't being pushed down by the weight of air above them!
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