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Brendawymms Fri 25-Oct-13 19:20:36

For those in the south you may remember the weather for October 1987 when it was very warm and very wet during the month until the night of the 16th when we had the "hurricane" and great areas were damaged and without electricity for some time. The weather at the moment reminds me of then and with the gale, with 80mph gusts due Sunday night early Monday I worry. It was also about midnight to 4am it struck last time. What do other GN'ers think?

Notso Fri 25-Oct-13 20:03:01

I'm a bit worried too Brenda. I have lots of things in the garden I need to get into a shed or secure in some way, to prevent them blowing around and causing damage or injury. I'm not sure how storm proof the conservatory roof would be in extremely high winds and the fence at the bottom of the garden is old, rickety and unlikely to withstand the winds they predict for Sunday night.
Batteries and matches on shopping list for tomorrow.

Brendawymms Fri 25-Oct-13 20:17:34

That's a good idea, I will also gets some candles. If we have them we won't need them.

thatbags Fri 25-Oct-13 20:22:29

Camping gaz.

ninathenana Fri 25-Oct-13 20:40:10

DD was due to arrive the night of the storm, fortunately her birthday is actually 27th. We are in Kent so were very lucky as our only damage was a couple of dislodged roof tiles.
Current weather is a bit worrying.

Brendawymms Fri 25-Oct-13 20:49:54

Nearly her birthday then ninathenana. I'm on the Weals in East Sussex so always get the full force of any gale. We can see Eastbourne so nothing between us and the weather. Our road had hundreds of trees down, took two weeks to get one track through. Pray that weather forecasters have got it wrong. They usually over egg it

Brendawymms Fri 25-Oct-13 20:50:57

Should have said WEALD. not Weals. Slipped finger.

Notso Fri 25-Oct-13 21:10:08

I've just had an email from the AA (home & buildings insurance with them) with warnings about the weather and steps to take in advance to to prepare for the damage. Yikes!

janeainsworth Fri 25-Oct-13 21:15:43

Notso I will be scurrying round the garden tomorrow puttingthe last of my pot-plants in the greenhouse.
We were due to move house the day after the storm in 1987, from Cumbria to Newcastle, and I remember lying in bed worrying that the roof might come off not only the Cumbria house, but the Newcastle one too!

merlotgran Fri 25-Oct-13 21:21:29

Father in law had a panic attack and dropped dead in the middle of the hurricane. They lived in West Sussex. With no phone lines we didn't know about it for more than 24hrs and it took us 7 hours to drive down from Cambridgeshire. sad

merlotgran Fri 25-Oct-13 21:24:13

We're well prepared.....Candles, hurricane lamps, camping gaz, firewood....gin and wine grin

Notso Fri 25-Oct-13 21:32:59

I think there'll be a good few tidier gardens tomorrow jane!

janeainsworth Fri 25-Oct-13 21:52:12

Merlot that's dreadful!shocksad

Galen Fri 25-Oct-13 22:03:02

Candles! What a good idea! I'll look for them!

Galen Fri 25-Oct-13 22:05:38

hmm might get some wood in in case!
Matches? Eek! Haven't used any since I stopped smoking?

LizG Fri 25-Oct-13 22:10:06

What a dreadful thing to happen Merlot. We lived in a Victorian property in 1987 and a chunk of our roof blew off as did our neighbours. OH was working away and I was on my own with three young children. Have to say I am scared about Sunday night and Monday morning.

Tegan Fri 25-Oct-13 22:15:51

I have a tree thats at least twice as high as my house just a few feet away; thanfully I can't see it swaying in the wind but my neighbours can. May sleep downstairs on Sunday night [although not sure if that's any safer; probably not confused].

LizG Fri 25-Oct-13 22:28:54

That sounds like a good idea to me Tegan although expect your family to laugh. Mine did in '87 when I slept downstairs. Mind you I made them sleep downstairs too, it was like camping.

annodomini Fri 25-Oct-13 22:33:46

I have just remembered that my son's family are planning to go down to the Dorset coast with the caravan for half term; last October they had to come back from Cornwall because of a storm. When will they learn?
I think we might be a bit safer up here, Tegan as the worst is forecast for the south coast. About sex or seven years ago we had a very severe storm and our receptionist at CAB was blown over crossing the local park; a woman was killed in the next street when a wall fell over on her; and when I got home, I found my heavy side gate on my back doorstep!

gracesmum Fri 25-Oct-13 22:34:13

My neighbour told me she rushed out with her son to "catch" our rabbit hutch which was lifting off the ground and put it safely in our garage!!
Merlot how awful. sad

annodomini Fri 25-Oct-13 22:34:48

SEX or seven SIX or seven. Freudian slip?

gracesmum Fri 25-Oct-13 22:35:46

It's like that bar hunt!! grin

Brendawymms Sat 26-Oct-13 07:32:20

What was amazing in the last storm was although thousands of trees came down around here very few hit homes. The papers are now predicting the current storm is expected to be the worse since 1987!!!!!

Nelliemoser Sat 26-Oct-13 07:44:06

I could make a fortune selling my late mothers enormous stash of blackout style candles to GNrs. I could wrap them in her enormous stash of tea towels.
When this happened last time we had just moved to Cheshire and got off lightly. Good luck to anyone in its path.

Lona Sat 26-Oct-13 07:52:11

My dd's family are in St Ives, in a motor home, until the middle of next week!
Their ambition is to move there.

I'm hoping this will put them off! blush