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calendar   Monday - December 23, 2013

oh the weather outside is frightful …. okay. sing along

So far today, storm is honestly the very worst we’ve experienced since arriving in a rain storm in 2004.
It has been raining all day, sometimes quite heavy but that is not the problem
WIND, is.

There are three storms coming through, one right behind the other, says BBC radio news.

It’s dark now and I am not sure how my neighbor could see it when I can not, and it’s laying across our back garden. (yard)

The wind has hardly let up all day long. It has been a very heavy and frightening wind as well.  We have had wind before, but not quite like this.

So,,, a short while ago my neighbor came knocking at out door. It’s already dark out and I couldn’t imagine who could be knocking. Anyway, we were told one of the huge trees out back had gone down, and had missed the neighbor’s property on our other side by a foot or two. It almost crashed into their summer house, I think it’s called. An expensive garden shed that looks like a small house and has electricity.

So I grabbed a flashlight and went walking through the downpour and the wind and sure enough, there was something large laying there but my light didn’t cover much. But enough to verify anyway. It is one of two very closely planted trees some 80 years ago.  The larger one is still standing but I would not give this house much hope if the wind changes and it was brought down in this direction.

I have been eyeing those trees with suspicion for years.  Every time we have wind here, I look out back.  Had mentioned to the wife long ago that we should get those things taken care of, it’ll be very expensive though but ….. what other choice is there?

She seemed to think that if they had stood all these years they might stand forever. If not, we’d worry about it when and if.  I hate to say so but in one way she is like her late mom.  If you ignore things maybe the problem will go away.  Of course, what the problem does is, it gets worse.

Well, we still have electricity, many do not.  Wind has now died down for the first time since the morning.

I’m outta here.

Cheers.

The road to nowhere: Millions face Christmas getaway chaos as bridges and routes are closed and trains and flights are under threat as Britain is hit by hurricane-force winds and torrential rain

· Met Office issues severe weather warning, with threat of 90mph gusts and localised flooding in Britain
· Motorists braced to prepare for delays, particularly those heading to South-West England and Scotland
· Parts of Cumbria have also experienced heavy snowfall as motorists battle with wintry conditions in the North
· 21 rail operators warn commuters to expect disruption as services are cut and speed restrictions imposed
· Environment Agency has 174 flood alerts and 29 flood warnings, with majority in South-East and South-West
· Around 13,000 homes across country, including 9,000 in Berkshire, left without power due to the poor weather
· Police say man has died after he fell into the River Rothay at Ambleside, Cumbria this afternoon
By Martin Robinson and Wills Robinson

Millions have had their plans for the Christmas getaway thrown into complete chaos today as a violent storm spreads eastwards across the UK over the next 24 hours.

Major railway stations, airports and roads are filling up with festive travellers after they were urged to bring forward their journeys because bad weather has set in across the majority of the UK this afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning running into Christmas Eve because of hurricane force winds and flooding caused by torrential rain.

The storm will strike in two waves, first peaking across the UK this afternoon, with a slight lull in the evening before wind and rain intensifies again overnight before clearing on Christmas Eve morning. 

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