Falling victim to storm Eunice

So far in February in the U.K. we have been bombarded with a seemingly never ending series of fierce storms. Before Global Warming, February was once the coldest and snowiest month of the year here but in recent years snow has given way to waves of storms.

The biggest headliner so far has been Storm Eunice which saw winds up to 122 mph blow across the southern third of the U.K. following weeks of lesser storms and even though that was 3 days ago, we have had had at least 2 separate 70mph wind storm days since.

I remember missing school from the Great Storm or hurricane of 1987 ( The 30th Anniversary of The Great Storm of 1987 ). Eunice was forecast to be the biggest since then and so it proved to be.

My garden was thoroughly wrecked as you can see below and whilst carrying out make-shift repairs in 100mph winds is somewhat exhilarating, it’s something I’m not in a real hurry to repeat.

I was just glad that the part of my roof which is due to be replaced in a few weeks, stayed on in one piece but when you’re in year 3 of being Excluded, the expense of repairs and replacements is more than an inconvenience.

I wasn’t the only one who took a hit as several people were killed and millions of pounds of damage was caused with the roof of one of the symbols of modern London, ripped away.

For something truly spectacular, take a look of the video below of a double-decker bus ploughing through a falling oak tree as if on some high-budget action film. It looks to me that it probably saved the life of the driver of the car behind who’d like be squashed otherwise.

Somehow I managed to find two people to get some of my fences replaced; they need to come back later in the week to replace some more but considering half of Britain is missing fences, roofs, walls or is flattened by trees then I think I did pretty well.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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