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UK/ROI members be aware of a severe weather warning.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:46 pm
by adam2
The met office have issued a severe weather warning for high winds Monday 16/10/2017.
Western parts of the UK and the Irish Republic are at greater risk, with lesser risks elsewhere.

Most of us are hopefully prepared for such events, but for anyone not properly prepared, a certain amount can still be done.

Bring indoors or secure outdoors items that could be blown away by the wind, garden furniture, rubbish bins and the like.
Make certain that you are prepared for power failures by having to hand at least 2 battery lanterns and a torch all with spare batteries, a camping stove or other off grid means of cooking a snack.
A NON CORDLESS telephone and a battery radio would also be sensible.
Food and water for a couple of days.

Park vehicles away from trees or poles that may fall and damage them.
Pay special attention to the mooring of boats.

For most of us this will probably be a non event, but I expect some dislocation to transport and electric power, mainly in rural areas.

This thread will be a "sticky" only in the near term whilst it is relevant.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:13 pm
by adam2
Latest media reports state that this storm MIGHT be comparable to the great storm of 1987, which was hardly TEOTWAWKI but DID result in the loss of about 20 lives and caused substantial property damage and dislocation.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:01 pm
by clv101
Meteorologically this is an interesting storm. It's just the kind of thing the climate science community has predicted happening, conditions allowing for further poleward movement of tropical cyclones.

From the UK's perspective, I think increased likelihood of major wind storms is the most serious direct physical (as opposed to economic, migration, wars etc) risk associated with climate change over the next 50 years. At least for the western half of the country.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:53 pm
by kenneal - lagger
We are already seeing a greater number of more intense rainfall events and storms are now being named which suggests to me that the weather folk in Ireland, at least, have noticed a change in intensity.

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:43 pm
by clv101
The Met Office choosing to start naming storms wasn't due to be getting stronger but on a greater focus on public communication these days. Named storms makes it a lot easier to engage the public.

The penny finally dropped with the St Jude's Day storm in 2013. The collaboration with Met Eireann was a logical step as we experience many of the same storms.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:33 am
by woodburner
Are you going to take down this sticky later in the week when it is no longer relevant for the forecast conditions?

I am not going to bring my rubbish bins indoors.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:25 am
by adam2
woodburner wrote:Are you going to take down this sticky later in the week when it is no longer relevant for the forecast conditions?

I am not going to bring my rubbish bins indoors.
Yes of course, there is no merit in keeping this thread a sticky after it is no longer topical.
There is no requirement to secure rubbish bins, but it seems prudent. I have done so.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:54 am
by adam2
Latest reports state that the forecast track of the storm is a little north-west of the initial forecasts.
Areas at greatest risk would seem to be seem to be north western parts of the Irish Republic, north western parts of Northern Ireland, and parts of northern Scotland.
Other areas near but not within the above are still at some risk.

I do not expect significant impact here in Somerset, contrary to earlier reports.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:47 pm
by oobers
This light is eerie, a bit like eclipse.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:01 pm
by kenneal - lagger
Yes. Weird!!

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:09 pm
by Potemkin Villager
adam2 wrote:Latest reports state that the forecast track of the storm is a little north-west of the initial forecasts.
Areas at greatest risk would seem to be seem to be north western parts of the Irish Republic, north western parts of Northern Ireland, and parts of northern Scotland.
Other areas near but not within the above are still at some risk.

I do not expect significant impact here in Somerset, contrary to earlier reports.
It is fair howling outside here with overhead power lines out down the country but nothing really extraordinary. The official reaction has been somewhat hysterical (banks ,supermarkets, schools etc closed for the day). The media seem disappointed that there has not been more death and destruction.

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:26 am
by emordnilap
It was bad. We brought movable things indoors, secured animals, lay down anything that might blow over, secured gates.

It was bad this time. It will get worse.