Today the British Isles have been hit by Storm Eunice. Supposedly the strongest winds seen in this country for thirty years, with gusts of up to 100mph in some areas.
In the Republic of Ireland, a man was killed by a falling tree as the storm swept in from the Atlantic.
1,800+ homes in Scotland are without power.
Schools that are not on half-term holiday have been closed in many regions, and people who can work from home have been advised to do so.
Major bridges are closed all over the UK, and rail services to and from the West Country area have been cancelled.
Many sea ferries and some coastal shipping have also been suspended, as only the largest lifeboats can be used in this weather.
The rare ‘Red Alert’ has been issued, and the residents of London have been advised not to leave their homes.
Trees are being ripped up by the winds, especially in Wales, which has been hit hard. Despite serious warnings, and some precautionary evacuations, there have been no reports of severe flooding so far.
Trampolines and garden furniture have been blown out of back gardens, fences flattened, and many parked cars wrecked by falling trees overnight. Government advice is not to drive on any roads anywhere in the country unless it is essential.
Here in Beetley, it is a case of so far, so good.
The force of the wind in the early hours has caused some power cuts locally, which we have not experienced so far. I cancelled a trip to the Vet in Swaffham to collect Ollie’s repeat presciption, as the journey involves a major road used by many large trucks. Being close to those in such windy conditions can be hazardous if they are blown over.
But Ollie has to go out, so I am just back from Beetley Meadows and Hoe Rough. A few of the smaller, thinner trees are down, though the large Oaks seem to be riding out the worst of it, despite losing lots of small branches and twigs. The river is at a normal level, so there will hopefully be no flooding locally.
Checking the weather news, I note that we are still due to get the worst of the winds after dark, until at least 9pm or later.
Wish me luck!