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  1. I can concur definitely stronger then yesterday and more prolonged too (the gusts are more frequent and consistent). Apart from that crazy squall line in the middle of the night I didn't think Eleanor was worth the hype in our neck of the woods although I appreciate is was a lot worse for others further north and west of us.
  2. Don't know about you guys but it's really blowing a hoolie here right now, some very strong gusts must be in excess of 45 mph occasionally heading upwards of 50 mph my trip down to the local shops certainly got interesting coming back up the hill, to say it put the colour in my cheeks would be a real understatement lol.
  3. Well the winds have really ramped up here in the last hour or so, I just popped down the shops to get some milk and the paper and it was relatively calm as I walked down the hill but coming back up was a very different story I was literally having to lean forward to make any kind of progress and some of the gusts (must have been 50 mph or more) where trying to push me backwards and my eyes where watering. Now I'm currently keeping a close eye on our garden furniture and the 2nd half of our fence and praying nothing goes bang like it did the other night during Storm Eleanor, last thing we need
  4. 110 mph is surely the exception rather then the rule even for you though?... 90 mph is quite rare for the majority, I think I've only ever experienced them sort of winds maybe once in my life so far and that was the October 2000 storm. Just out of curiosity I'm intrigued to know why the Met Office haven't felt the need to name today's weather system with widespread 60 mph gusts forecast for central and southern England and perhaps 70+ on English Channel and Bristol Channel coasts ?.....
  5. It wasn't a "run of the mill winter storm" if you happened to be in the areas effected by 90 mph+ gusts.
  6. Squally shower passing over now after a quieter period around breakfast time, last night certainly got wild for a short time around about midnight as that convective band blew through we lost part of our fencing and the garden furniture was blown half way up the lawn (I wondered what the crash and bang was that woke me from my slumber). A gust of 73 mph was recorded somewhere in West-London, must have been over 60 mph here.
  7. Nothing significant here in Essex yet but wind trying to pick up and had a heavy downpour earlier, latest TV forecast suggesting 50 - 70 mph even for us in the southern half of the country.
  8. 60mph+ inland would certainly be something quite significant especially if anything like that occurs around London and the Home Counties, would put it on a par with Storm Doris.
  9. Hurricane sizes are variable, some are quite small with a narrow but powerful wind field (150 miles) like Hurricane Andrew's was but others are huge (400 - 500 miles across in diameter), I believe Irma was one such example.
  10. Totally agree, the irresponsible scaremongering in the junk tabloid newspapers and social media platforms has been embarrassing. Naming the storm days before the Met Office thought it was worth doing so (although personally I'm surprised they've bothered to name it at all) although I understand it applies more to Ireland then England and Wales. If we are going to start naming weather systems every time one threatens to produce something remotely blustery then we really have become a pathetic and soft nation, the Americans must be laughing at some of our so-called storms and not just because of
  11. Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning for wind valid for Saturday covering most of southern England and Wales, so far looking like this system is due to peak in intensity out west in the Atlantic before it comes ashore. If it didn't and it struck with peak intensity it would have the potential to be as severe as Ophelia was but over a much wider area, (with Ireland still included) which is the last thing they need right now what with the recovery operation from Ophelia still in full swing. Luckily it looks like it should start to abate as it makes landfall but still with a central pressure a
  12. Looks like the strongest winds will stay south of us judging by this chart, looks like Northern French coast could cop it instead still plenty of time for fluctuations in it's predicted track though.
  13. Indeed my girlfriend in Ireland it currently petrified, hiding under her duvet by all accounts she's worried about her windows blowing in which are apparently bending inwards and a lamp post has been blown over in her road.
  14. Quite a surreal end to my day at work seeing that sky go so dark like the heavens where about to unleash a torrent but remarkably hardly a drop of rain as of yet although the wind has got up in the last couple of hours and I also got a brief glimpse of that red sun, honestly about an hour or so ago I witnessed the most impressive looking sky I've ever seen. It looked apocalyptic like something from a horror movie, dark clumpy clouds and day seemed to turn into night in minutes with an orange glow probably caused by the Saharan dust and the sun behind the cloud, remember those clouds rolling in
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