#84 - we have blue sky!!!

By: sandiquiz , 8:21 AM GMT on February 10, 2014

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It is four weeks since I wrote about the floods in the UK, but they continue and are actually getting worse!

The bill for repairs will be in the BILLIONS!!

These are the flood maps, the first one I posted four weeks ago, the second one is the latest.






There are now 16 severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in place just to the south west of me, two in the Somerset Levels and 14 along the Thames in Berkshire and Surrey where the floods are the highest since the records began 60 years ago.

The Environment Agency also has more than 70 lesser flood warnings in place across the south east.

Total severe flood warnings now total 21.

February 13th - latest flood warning in the south of the country!




Armed forces personnel were in the heavily populated area on Sunday night building a 2ft-high sandbag defence to try to divert the river Thames away from homes.

Here are just a few of the many, many images that are appearing on the Internet.


















The weather this week is not going to bring any relief, either!!

Another area of low pressure and its associated fronts are likely to affect the UK during Monday night and Tuesday, bringing a further spell of heavy rain and strong winds, particularly to southern areas.

Another Atlantic depression is expected to bring a spell of heavy rainfall and strong winds to parts of the UK later on Wednesday, perhaps lasting into Thursday.

The track and intensity of the depression is currently very uncertain, meaning that confidence in rainfall amounts and distribution across the UK is low. However, southern and western parts of England and Wales look most likely to see further heavy rainfall.


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93. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:26 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
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92. barbamz
7:45 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Hi, Sandi. Watching all the disheartening photos from flooded England I suddenly understood a certain grammar thing I always had to struggle with earlier: Why the English would say, they live in a certain town "on" a river (f.e. Walton-on-Thames) and not "at" the river (as we would say in German) ;-)

No good outlook even with (a bit) better weather, because there is just to much water in the ground:

UK floods: 5,000 more troops on standby as water continues to rise
Storms ease but severe flood warnings remain in place along Thames and in Somerset, where pumping work continues
The Guardian, Sunday 16 February 2014 19.30 GMT
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91. airman45
5:33 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Hi Sandi,

We didn't get any of your storm. It never got this far. Yesterday was cloudy with a little rain, but very little wind. Mild, though, about 10C (50F). Hope the next few days let you dry out. Our forecast for the next two weeks is sunny and mild.

Is this February????
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90. whitewabit (Mod)
4:34 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Sandi .. hope the sunshine will last several days to allow the rivers to at least stop rising and hopefully recede some ..

The pictures are sad .. this flooding will impact those people for years to come .. I haven't heard the project cost of the flooding but has to be a billion or more .. has put so many out of work ..

maybe the Jet Stream will move and we will get back to what we call a normal pattern and we will warm and you will dry out .. we have had over 43 inches of snow so far this year and could get another 10 inches easily before Spring comes calling !!

The storm Friday with those very strong winds .. sad the cab driver was killed when the building facing fell on her cab in London ..
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89. sandiquiz
4:28 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
We've had blue sky ALL day!!! Yeah, hip, hip etc!

Hi Huri, GG, Bug and Mike ... Busy writing a new blog now, so will use the new photos in it... should be up later.

Also trying to cook roast beef and the trimmings including Yorkshire puds!!

BBL :)

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88. clearlakemike
4:24 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
That photo of the sailboats had me fooled until I clicked on it, lol...I can sense the extreme joy in everything there as it basks in the warm sunshine!!!
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87. palmettobug53
3:13 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Good afternoon, Sandi!

I hope you've taken full advantage of this break in the weather to get out and enjoy it.

Huri, that song popped right into my mind, too.
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86. hurigo
11:57 AM GMT on February 16, 2014
Blue skies, smiling at me,
nothing but blue skies, do i see eeee.

Happy Blue Skies Sandi-Across-The-Atlantic.
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85. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on February 16, 2014
Hooray! A sunshine camera holiday! Have fun :D
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84. sandiquiz
9:22 AM GMT on February 16, 2014
Good morning all....we have blue sky!!!!



Photo taken with my iPhone just five minutes ago.

I am going to make the most of today and get out with my camera. Hopefully C will come with me for a walk down by the lake.

There might be a new blog later, of sunshine and spring growth...we have had enough of the cold and the rain and the wind!!

Hi Bug, Ozgalah, (left my comment on your blog) and Wabit.
The storms over the weekend did lots of damage and added to the misery of thousands and thousands of folks already at the end of their tether with the floods:-(
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83. whitewabit (Mod)
6:11 AM GMT on February 16, 2014
Sandi .. if that wave isn't over two hundred feet it is very close .. Terrible weather you are having over there .. saw where a restaurants patrons had to be rescued by the military .. because of the wind and water ..
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82. ozgalah
9:30 PM GMT on February 15, 2014
Hope you get your sunshine and get out for your walk. The dog walk was a debacle in the end it was very cold, wet and windy and several people were VERY late and the organiser wanted everybody to wait for them it was dark by the time we finished the walk. We were supposed to have a shared meal but by that time I was cold and feeling unwell so we went home. Every year we arrange this walk and EVERY year the weather does a complete turn around on us, I vote we hold it in the winter at least we would expect it to be cooler!!! The dog we took enjoyed himself though, he is one of our oldies and he was a perfect gentleman, all the youngsters were jumping on him and chewing his ears and he patiently put up with it, gaining us lots of compliments on his temperament, little do they know how he deals with our pack when they take liberties!!!
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81. palmettobug53
4:05 PM GMT on February 15, 2014
Good Lord!

I sure hope no one was standing about on that headland. And who are these people that get out and drive along that coastal road or hang about near the water to watch the waves? I'm surprised we're not hearing of hundreds being washed out to see.

That sounds like one heck of a storm you had last night. I don't think I'd have slept much, either.
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80. sandiquiz
8:21 AM GMT on February 15, 2014
Morning, well, I survived, but have been awake most of the night, waiting for the roof to come down. At midnight I had to send C out to move the green wheelie bin. It normally sits at the end of the passage along side the garage, but the direction of the gusts meant I could hear it moving down the passage!

It is years since I heard wind like it! Definitely, this was the worst wind of the winter in this area.

I have been up for about 30 minutes, and although the wind has abated, I nearly got blown over by a sudden gust when I went out to replenish the bird food. The blackbird, robin and doves were sitting on the fence watching me make a cup of coffee through the glass of the door....I got their message, and went out!!

......oh, heavens, whilst I typed the above it went extremely dark...now we have a T&L storm, with hail, and the trees are bending over in their struggle to stay in the ground!!!!

I gave been following the tweets and mails on the UK storm site.... This was interesting.

@AlanBarrierEA who works for the Environment Agency tweets to say: The #ThamesBarrier will be closing today from 10.15-15.15. This will hold back the tide and allow the flow upstream to continue unrestricted.

It means some of the excess in the Thames can drain away into the sea.

And this one shows British stoicism.

Phil Cosgrove in Edinburgh mails - Heroics from the SW Trains crew during our marathon 5 hour journey (55 miles) to Dorchester. The train driver left his cab 3 times to cut and chop and remove fallen trees from the line. Respect and thanks to these brave men.

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Briar - 2012 was a record wet spring with some flooding but nothing like we are seeing now.
The last really bad floods were in the summer of 2007, when half of the north east was under water!!
This time it is the south and south/west that is bearing the brunt!
The water table, which was full by the end of last year, is now over full and there is no where for all this excess to go to, except out over the land and into folks homes.
According to the news this morning over 10,000 homes are flooded!

Ozgalah, I am sorry you feel sick....hope the sea breezes help you feel better. I am waiting for tomorrow and the promised sunny day with temps up to 10 / 50, and I am going down to the lake for a walk...if the paths are not covered in water again!! According to a friend they had drained by Thursday, but all the rain yesterday might have flooded them again :-(


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I am not very good at embedding YouTube videos, but last night, whilst looking for the one Linda told me about I found this from yesterday's storm... so here goes!


It is the first wave that is the most spectacular, supposedly over 200 feet high. If you think that is a WW2 look out on top of the cliff and about 15 feet high... well, yes, it might be over 200 feet!!!



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79. ozgalah
5:24 AM GMT on February 15, 2014
Hi Sandi, glad you might be looking forward to a slight improvement in weather! Our rain has stopped 95mls fell, the most rain in 24hr since the 1960's! It was lovely most of our drive was flooded but the wellies came out and all was good.
Hope the wind has abated, I'm going to get ready for the beach walk, although have been sick most of the day but hoping a sea breeze will blow it away.
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78. sandiquiz
10:57 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Quoting 77. Thoughtsteader:
A video of water coming over the Newlyn, Cornwall bridge.

Yes, I have just seen it..I searched for Jim Cantore, twitter, then followed a likely looking link to YouTube. I could see it on the IPad. It is obviously the WU settings that stops me seeing Youtube on a tablet.

Unbelievable! And the idiots still stand there taking photos! There was also a video of the massive waves hitting the cliffs...one was over 200 feet high!!!!

It will all be on the morning news I should imagine :-(
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77. Thoughtsteader
10:47 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
A video of water coming over the Newlyn, Cornwall bridge.
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76. sandiquiz
10:46 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Linda, what is it? I can't see it because I am in bed and on my IPad!

I will check it out tomorrow, :)
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75. Thoughtsteader
10:43 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
This isn't very Valentine-ish, but my goodness. I just got home from work and was having a quick browse of the news, and found our Jim Cantore tweeting about - Cornwall? So I went to look. Oh, my. This is just one example.

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74. sandiquiz
10:42 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Hi Wabit, Skye, Mike, GG and Briar...I will reply further to your comments tomorrow.

I just wanted to report I have a lion roaring outside my bedroom ....

Downstairs, with the windows closed and the Tv on I hadn't realised how bad the wind had become, until I came upstairs and heard the racket outside. The window, which is usually open every night, has had to be closed to shut out the noise.....and I can still hear it!!

We are 150 miles for the coast....I do wonder how they are coping with a spring tide and hurricane force winds!

Good night all :-)
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73. BriarCraft
9:49 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
A little something to brighten yet another rainy day for you.



I was just thinking about rain and the Olympics and happened to recall it hasn't been that long since other record-breaking rains hit your area. Wasn't there a lot of rain and flooding in June of 2012?

Now, if you could just figure out an economical way to transport all that excess water to California.
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72. GardenGrrl
7:11 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Wow, two radical ninja nuns (see above photo) claiming Valentines Day Candy is the devil were taken into custody to stop them from stealing other women's valentine box chocolates.
Sister May elephant was quoted to say; yes my hips will get bigger, but these young women must be protected from the demon chocolate that promotes talking to the opposite sex and perhaps dancing.

Yep. That's the story. No need to click the link lol.

Must hold out until tomorrow to get the half price box chocolates. That's when my Valentines Day starts.


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71. clearlakemike
5:11 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Source.

Woman separatist leader held in Srinagar

The activists of the separatist women’s group were protesting against Valentine’s Day celebrations. - See more at: http://www.canindia.com/2014/02/woman-separatist-l eader-held-in-srinagar/#sthash.aKUN3uHV.dpuf
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70. Skyepony (Mod)
2:22 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Tough season to be growing roses too:P

Happy Valentines!
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69. whitewabit (Mod)
1:31 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Sandi .. LOL .. yes why are roses so expensive ?? I saw 2 dozen roses for over 200 dollars US. My wife many years ago told me not to buy her flowers at the prices they charge for roses .. I do bring her cut flowers several times a month through the year ..

snowing here .. just started after I got up this morning ..at 7 am .. we look to be on the northern edge of it so may not get too much .. though it is coming down fairly hard and the walks are covered already !!
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68. sandiquiz
10:15 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Good morning, and a Happy "why-are-roses-so-expensive-today" day!

I knew the rain was coming, so I was in the supermarket as it opened at 8 am, along with lots of 'men' who had obviously awoken and suddenly realised what day it was. Roses and chocolates were "flying" out of the store!! lol

It is now almost 10 am. I have been home an hour or so, and everything is away, the laundry I did earlier is tumbling in the dryer, and I have a another coffee. BTW, It is "chucking it down" out there now!!


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My thanks to Barbara, GG, Bug and Poppy for the kind things said about Mad Max!

My thanks to Shirley, GG, Pros and Poppyfor the Valentine Day wishes:)

Ozgalah - I am not sure I sent yo our rain, cos we still have it!! BUT, the famous forecaster, Carol, is saying this ought to be the last of the worst storms, and anything else next week will be weak affairs...here is hoping!

Barbara - I am sooo, looking forward to Spring!!! lol

Thanks for keeping me in the "weather loop"!

Linda - OK, so I read this comment at 5:30 am when I first awoke and thought to myself ... do I know, did I ever know, or have I just forgotten what is in the Manga Carta? I had to look, so before I got out of bed, I read all 63 clauses!

What went through my mind as I read it, was that if the Domesday Book had never been written 150 years earlier, in 1087 by King William, as in "The Conqueror", King John would never have known the size, nor value of all the manorial estates, mills, farms and homesteads, on which he could fix his taxes!

Wabit - I have fingers, and toes, crossed for better weather and an end to winter for us all, be it wet or cold!!
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67. WeatherWise
6:23 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Happy Valentines,!

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66. whitewabit (Mod)
6:09 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Sandi .. looks to be another wet day for you .. sure you are as tired of the wet as I am of the cold ..

Lets hope it will soon change for both of us !!
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65. Thoughtsteader
1:23 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Well, the big day has arrived. The Magna Carta has arrived in Houston and is safely ensconced in the Museum of Natural Science. It's going to be here through August, before going back to England for the 800th anniversary. It's really exciting. You can bet I'm going to go see it, but I'm going to do a little reading and study before I do.

Here's a nice article about it. We promise we'll take good care of it!
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64. whitewabit (Mod)
12:40 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Sandi .. we are to warm up next week .. hopefully you will dry out some at the same time !!
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63. calpoppy
12:09 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day!

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62. calpoppy
11:55 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
At least the birds are happy with all the flooding!

Max is a beautiful cat!
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61. GardenGrrl
11:55 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
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60. barbamz
11:41 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Bad forecast for the UK tomorrow, but afterwards some rays of hope.

UK floods: More rain and high winds forecast
BBC News, 13 February 2014 Last updated at 20:53 GMT

A new band of heavy rain is expected to hit the UK on Friday, as engineers work to reconnect power supplies cut off by Wednesday's storm.

Forecasters expect the rain to reach the South West at about 06:00 GMT before moving north across the country.

But BBC Weather's Darren Bett offered some hope to flood-hit areas, saying this severe weather was "hopefully the last in a long line" to hit the UK.

Very high winds are forecast for Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Our forecaster said there would be rain for most of the UK on Saturday, with up to 40mm (1.5in) in some parts of south-west England, where many areas are already flooded.

This would fall as snow on hills in places including Wales, the Pennines, Northern Ireland and Scotland, he added.

High winds - with gusts of 60-70mph inland and up to 80mph on England's south coast - are expected from Friday evening until Saturday morning. ...
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59. palmettobug53
11:16 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
I know cats are cats and birds are birds but that photo of Max reminds me of the Maltese Falcon!

OZ! Rain? Real rain?
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58. barbamz
10:19 PM GMT on February 13, 2014

"Ulla" bombing out over the Atlantic :-(
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57. ozgalah
10:10 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Sandi, thank you, thank you, thank you oh it was you wasn't it.......or could it be the tail end of what's left of the WA cyclone, either way we have rain and lots of it!!!!! Water, water everywhere the dogs are paddling as the run is full of water and I have just gone to put the rubbish bin out and the driveway is flooded by the gate. The birds are singing and the plants are unfurling their scorched leaves. we've has constant rain for most of the night and its due to last all day today.
Max looks magnificent, cats always look so elegant don't they.
We saw some photos on facebook last night of a friends garden in Matlock and he had lost a tree to the wind.
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56. Proserpina
7:45 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
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55. palmettobug53
5:19 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Gosh, Susan, it just gets worse and worse.

I had to chuckle at Linda's friend in Wales. 87 years old and only admits to it being a bit breezy out, though she had to bend into the wind to get along!

That generation was made of stern stuff!
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54. GardenGrrl
5:18 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Classic. Max is such the super-model!
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53. barbamz
3:40 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
What an extremely beautiful shot of an as much beautiful cat, Sandi! Sure Max did know what he was doing, lol! Cats are so vain :-)
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52. sandiquiz
3:30 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Getting away from the floods for a moment, I thought you might like to see this quick shot I managed to capture yesterday of Max. He has finally made it to the top of the bookcase, where I have my two lucky black cats, Serenity and Elegance.

This one is Serenity.... and when I saw Max he was sitting behind it, almost like another, larger, version. He even had his eyes closed!!

Needless to say, the two black cats are now further away from the edge of the bookcase!

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51. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Hi SkyBlue,
Yup, it was a might breezy yesterday!! lol

Hope the day at school goes well!

Glad it looks as though the roof has been repaired:)

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I managed to get to see the floods on the other side of town.
This is usually a small pond, too small for the swans to use, as they need length to take off and land ... they are a bit like the Jumbo jets of the birding world.
This morning the pond held three swans, a couple of greylag geese as well as the usual moorhens, mallards and passing black headed gulls!



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50. SkyBlue17
11:51 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
Oh, I see no flood warnings at all on your last map in #49! Good news. The river at the back of ours, came up to and totally covered the park and the allotments. The dog walkers brought the dogs down to the river for baths...dumb thing to do, as there is such a lot of debris in the river, not good for little doggy paws!
I'm off to work. I think the roof has been done whilst I was at work yesterday (I found a piece of lining on the patio), but the scaffolding is still there. Well S is at home today, so she can see what is what.
Bill across the way told me of the nasty storm due tomorrow. Some 105m/hr winds were recorded here in our town yesterday he said. Eeekkkk!
I thought it was a tad blowy when we were out with the kids...
Have a good day! :)
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49. sandiquiz
10:02 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
Ylee, thanks ...but it is all your fault, you know! lol Each time you get a snow storm, dumping on you, it comes over our way, and the jet stream picks up the warmer tropical air and turns it to rain.. and dumps it on us! lol


As an addition to my comment to GG yesterday ....

"... Out in the rural areas, though, that is a different matter!! They do have electricity brought by cable wires, and trees can bring them down."

On the news this morning a man was killed when he tried to move a tree that brought down a power cable - I am sorry for his family, but WHAT a silly thing to do!!!


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Here is a screen shot, with my own additions, of today's flood warnings.

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48. Ylee
8:49 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
The pictures of the flooding are just incredible, Sandi! 110 mph winds are the equivalent of a borderline cat 3 hurricane, I think! The snow and ice that we've been getting are nothing compared to the UK's troubles!! I pray that these storms will end soon!
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47. sandiquiz
7:59 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
Oh, Barbara... a little breeze, as in 70-80 mph, and not 90-100mph!! lol

Looks like Sunday might be a DRY day!!! lol

Ozgalah, You need a cooler day for a change. I remember my fear of the snakes that could be in the garden when I was out in Zambia. Most gardens were very sparsely vegetated, making no hiding places for the "boomslang" to hide!

Hi Jus - No, I haven't floated away, I am still here! Actually, apart from large puddles on my drive, there is no evidence of the floods here. Although I am going out with my camera today to see the other side of the town, where things are much worse:(

Thanks for your good wishes:)

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Listening to the news this morning is very depressing. The villagers who live along the Thames are saying it looks like scenes from a 'horror' movie!

One village is completely evacuated, no one at all in any of the homes :(

Evacuated village of Moorland





AND - the rain due tomorrow and Saturday is meant to drop over a month's worth of rain in 24 hours!!
Oh, BOY!!

Some other images from the last few days.




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46. juslivn
7:54 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
It is quite late here, but I wonder...are you there? Have you floated away? are you swimming with ducks?? What a blog here with all the flooding pics (though I've never seen more tasteful and beautiful scenes of massive flooding, I'll have to say--) model maps indicating you are all in the worst of conditions in decades. It is a hard time there for all and my prayers are up for everyone in England and all in flood. Take care Sandi.
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45. ozgalah
10:00 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Oh Sandi, take care baton down the hatches and hang on tight!!!!We have cooler weather today and even some rain, we had a few showers over night but there is more due later. After my scare yesterday I am a little nervous about having the doors open, we do have flyscreens on all the doors but that didn't stop my little visitor so I am SUPER cautious today! We've been here over ten years and this is the first incident but I don't want it repeated that's for sure.
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44. barbamz
7:37 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Quoting 43. sandiquiz:

Edit. - oh, Barbara, are you saying we have another one on it's way ..... Just what we need!! Lol


Just a lil breeze, compared to "Tini" ;-)


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43. sandiquiz
6:51 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Linda, your friend is a child of the war...when Britain processed the 'Dunkirk Spirit' and never gave in when their backs were against the wall

The BBC have just announced a wind speed of 108 mph in north Wales, so I guess it is a tad breezy!

All pensioners who reach 65 can claim their free bus pass, which allows you to travel all over the country for free. Obviously there was a special offer on the trains for winter, down to the West Country, when the trains would not be so full as they will be in the summer, with summer visitors to Cornwall and Devon.

Barbara, thanks... It is a specially vicious storm!!

GG - the power in most cities in the UK runs underground, so the only time we ever get a power failure is if the main power terminal is stuck by lightning. I have never known a lost of power caused by wind. Out in the rural areas, though, that is a different matter!! They do have electricity brought by cable wires, and trees can bring them down.

I have no idea if the general public can actually buy a generator here in the UK!! Lol

Edit. - oh, Barbara, are you saying we have another one on its way ..... Just what we need!! Lol

Mike, I am actually not very high, but high enough not to get flooded. MK has lakes, which do absorb some of the excess ....but as I said earlier, the ground is so sodden, the rain has nowhere to go any more!!
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