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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 right now is more damage to repair at the start of a new year.
  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 some the names we give them. Only about 2 or 3 storms max since the Met decided to start naming them have been worth doing so in my opinion, one of which was the comically named Doris earlier this year. Whatever you do don't fart cause the Daily Express will start going into hyper-bowl mode and printing headlines about Armageddon lol Seriously the whole storm naming idea should be scraped in my opinion if people (including the so-called experts) are going to start using it every time we get a typical autumn low pressure system!
  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 around about 980mb and predicted coastal gusts of 60 to 70mph and inland gusts of over 50mph it's still a noteworthy low pressure system but whether the warnings will be upgraded to meet the criteria of it being named Brian remains to be seen.
  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 during the film Independence Day it was not dissimilar to that and the other thing I've noticed about today here in Essex is how ridiculously warm it has been, I was actually sweating earlier felt more like August not mid-October and what with hurricane-force winds on the other side of the country rather like the 16th October 30 years ago today will not be forgotten in a hurry and what's more is it looks like more stormy weather is on the horizon for later on this week.
  15. Yes it is likely to re-intensify and expand in size meaning the wind field will be more widespread.
  16. The higher end of the Category 1 status going by that information, note that it's 90 mph sustained winds the gusts will be significantly higher (probably in the 120 mph region), if the winds are anything like that strength when it makes landfall on Ireland expect carnage to break out!
  17. Be careful what you wish for, more stormy weather is lurking later on this week with an impressive storm system looking to cross the UK from west to east in time for next weekend which might effect the south of England more! Regarding the more imminent threat of Orphelia, I think the BBC forecasts are playing this down somewhat although to my understanding their forecasts of 70 to 80 mph gusts only apply to Northern Ireland and western coasts of England and Wales and not the Republic of Ireland which is predicted to take the brunt of the storm.
  18. Bill Giles quote on the evening of 15th October 1987 "Initially we thought that it was going to bring those strong winds right across the country but now it looks as though it is going to be very breezy but most of those strong winds will be up through the channel and on the Eastern side of the country" >> "Very breezy", you can say that again Bill lol
  19. They'll be thanking you for all the updates and warnings once the storm has passed, that's assuming they don't try anything foolish and put themselves in danger. I don't think enough people understand the severity of 100 mph gusts of wind, for most people the strongest winds they have ever experienced is probably only about 60 mph so I think a lot of people are going to be in for a shock when the violence of the winds start to prevail.
  20. I've already messaged her to advise staying indoors, she lives in the middle of the countryside in Carlow meaning her house will be very exposed to the winds although I guess there's the saving grace that it won't be near any other houses for flying debris to be as much of an issue as in the middle of a major town or city, I'm not sure if her house has many trees around it either seems more like just open fields from the pictures I've seen.
  21. I think this will be worse then Debbie, as Debbie didn't develop into a major-hurricane when it approached even if Ophelia packs half the punch she possesses currently by the time she makes landfall on Ireland it's going to be a scary experience for those in the thick of it.
  22. Interesting to see gusts nudging gale-force 35 - 40 mph as far east as London and the south-east, just shows the enormity of this storms wind field.
  23. For most places it'll be the gusts that are hurricane strength particularly the more inland you go, mean speeds will be more like 40 - 50 mph with gusts of 70 to 90 generally but in some isolated and very exposed coastal spots sustained hurricane winds 74 mph+ are feasible and here gusts of well over 100 mph are likely potentially as high as 110+
  24. Twitter has been going into meltdown over this lol.
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