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BBC News just said David Cameron will have a Cobra meeting about the storm we having.

 

What are they going to do... Pull off a Gandalf the Grey and "Thou Shall Not Pass" kind of stunt?

 

What these idiots should have done is had a Cobra meeting YESTERDAY and stopped all these idiotic, money grabbing companies, who care little for human life, HGV or other drivers, especially in Scotland from going out there.

 

We already have one poor sod dead.

 

But lets have a meeting as/after it's happening/happened.

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Max gust of 40mph here in Buxton this morning, nothing too out of the ordinary for early December in these parts although the storm will likely give a glancing blow anytime between now and 1pm. Although im expecting to see gusts any higher than 60mph at maximum, and there goes the plant pots as I type this.

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Max gust of 40mph here in Buxton this morning, nothing too out of the ordinary for early December in these parts although the storm will likely give a glancing blow anytime between now and 1pm. Although im expecting to see gusts any higher than 60mph at maximum, and there goes the plant pots as I type this.

Something wrong there 66 mph here 56mph in the last hour. Trees going mad at time son my web cam.

Just looked now showing an average of 10 mph.

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Maybe a wave effect as the air passes across the Pennines Pit ? I'm not at home today, but my wife normally texts me if it starts to get bad, and nothing's come through yet.

Seems weird as it's often a lot higher than I get.

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Wind's are from the west currently, given the local topography most of the towns are easterly facing so usually escape the worst of the gusts compared to other areas, in my home town we have the kettleshulme 'gap' on the cheshire/derbys border which allows some of the higher gusts to come through as the wind swings SWly. Buxton is spared due to it being situated in a bowl-type valley although just a few miles out from town the roads can climb as high as 1200ft luring unsuspecting motorists into a false sense of security as they drive just a handful of minutes away from the town center.

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Storm watch: Gales rip roof off house in South Shields

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GALE force winds ripped a roof off a house in South Tyneside this morning

 

At 9am today residents living in Victoria Road, South Shields heard a load bang before a flat roof was torn from one of the street’s maisonettes.

Debris was strewn across the road as the resident, who was inside at the time, called for help.

A neighbour said: “It’s a small miracle nobody was hurt.

“This street has a very busy thoroughfare, there’s always people walking along it.

“We just heard a loud bang and saw the roof flying past.â€

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A severe flood warning in Wales.

 

  • The following Flood Warning will remain in force for two hours after the time of high tide. The high tide at Point of Ayr is at 12:15 GMT on Thursday 5th December 2013. At Point of Ayr the tide level is expected to reach 5.92 metres above Ordnance Datum

  • 10:49 on 05 Dec 2013

 

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Thames Barrier closed tonight:

 

The Thames Barrier will be closed tonight to protect London from floods as the east coast braces for the biggest tidal surge for 30 years. Forecasters have warned that gale force winds, large waves and high tides could cause chaos across the east of the UK. They said sea levels could reach the heights seen during the devastating floods of 1953 - but insisted London's Thames estuary defences mean the capital is well shielded. The 1953 floods left 307 people dead and 40,000 homeless.

 

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/thames-barrier-to-close-as-london-braces-for-gales-and-worst-tidal-surge-for-30-years-8984922.html

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I'm not in a very wind-prone location here, but have just had a 47mph gust which is the highest since January 2005.

 

Its actually rather mild at the moment with a temp of 9.5C, it'll be interesting to see how rapidly it drops when the front arrives.

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Another severe flood warning in Wales. Tide forecast to be 20ft above normal here...

 

 

  • The following Flood Warning will remain in force for two hours after the time of high tide. The high tide at Greenfield to Bagillt is at 12:15 GMT on Thursday 5th December 2013. At Greenfield to Bagillt the tide level is expected to reach 6.25 metres above Ordnance Datum.

    10:56 on 05 Dec 2013

 

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34681.aspx?area=101FWTWN460&page=1&type=Region&term=Wales

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Wind's are from the west currently, given the local topography most of the towns are easterly facing so usually escape the worst of the gusts compared to other areas, in my home town we have the kettleshulme 'gap' on the cheshire/derbys border which allows some of the higher gusts to come through as the wind swings SWly. Buxton is spared due to it being situated in a bowl-type valley although just a few miles out from town the roads can climb as high as 1200ft luring unsuspecting motorists into a false sense of security as they drive just a handful of minutes away from the town center.

You might get higher sustained winds on the tops or upslopes but the damaging gusts are often worst on the lee slopes as you get a rotor effect, combined with funneling through river valleys.Sheffield is notorious for especially gusty winds for this reason.

http://www.chrishobbs.com/sheffieldgale1962.htm

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There is certainly an increasing chance of the North Sea tidal surge causing some fairly significant overtopping issues on Low-lying parts of Eastern Coasts. Lots of talk about 1953, but it's worth remembering that Flood defences are much better now than they were then. The Flood Forecasting Centre will be updating their forecast any time now, but from the data I've seen, 2-2.5m above projected high tides widely along the East Coast. In my patch that means a high tide this evening of well over 9 metres, and that's high enough to be of real concern.

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