reply to post by jrmcleod
Hi, report from Barrow-in-Furness (South West coast of Cumbria)
We have had strong winds, rain, hail & sleet for the past 48 hours. There seems to be no stopping this, it has not calmed at all. I took my 38kg Old
Country Bulldog for a jog up the highest hill in our area and back down to the coast last night at approximately 20:00. We had a struggle keeping
upright at some points, I was wearing a 5.11 tactical multi layer jacket, joggers, water proof pants, thermal socks, cat boots, leather gloves, a
balaclava & still felt the cold tremendously, many small objects flew past us, pieces of fences, parts of trees, for sale signs (I was in the
countryside ?) ect.
Upon making it home I put the gas fire on to warm us through but had to turn it off as the winds were making it dance a little too much for my liking.
I decided to put the central heating on only to spend 30 or so minutes trying to light the pilot light, I finally got it lit for it to blow out again
when the darn heatings cycle stopped at 1:00 am, this is a very worrying storm.
I hope that when this storm blows itself out there is not another to follow on Friday as predicted like this first. It is still going strong even
now, and looks to be in for the day again. I noticed a few slates missing from roofs in the suburb of the town I am living in at the moment, a friend
owns a small roofing company here, he is all too pleased for the extra work over December, I'm not sure us that will suffer the damages are as
I checked the BBC website for a weather report for our area yesterday and they reported light showers with mild winds (laugh out loud) don't you just
love the main stream media. I am prepared for a worst case scenario whatever that may be anyway's. I have plenty of bottled water, rations,
standard medications, a bug out bag & legal means of protection if Freud is not a deterrent enough & now have candles in every room and keep my trusty
Zippo lighter in my pocket constantly. I keep filling my bath with water also for my Freud to drink in case of a power outage & the pumping stations
I remember the storms of 87 (I was 7 by the way) as family and I were camping on an isle called Piel, we survived that as we were all asked to stay in
a big bell tent the authorities on the isle had & had erected for such a incident. Our tents however did not survive and we were evacuated off the
isle as soon as it was safe to do so.
Quick update I have just listened to the sounds of the first plane I have noticed in the past 48 hours landing on the island of Walneys air strip so
things may be dying down, if small B.A.E business planes can land on a small strip it can not be that bad any more. However it sounds just as bad to
me in this second floor flat as it has since this storm blew in (please excuse the pun, as it was not intended)
I hope if this storm dies down it does not become the quiet before the second storm as Mcleod predicted, the general public are not prepared as the
MSM do not release warnings until the very last minute
Luckily I cook on gas so if power does go down I am able to offer help to people with babies
I know who rely only on electricity & have planned to check on any old or lone vulnerable people if there is a worst case scenario.
I wish everybody well, safety, luck & peace.