Thursday, 31 October 2013
Monday 28 October
Quite a nice morning here, with a moderate westerly breeze and 10C on the clock. Weather reports from the Netherlands show sustained winds of 68 mph, gusting to 85 mph on the island of Vlieland, which I happen to know very well indeed. The storm has caused a lot of travel disruption in southern England through blown-down trees. The highest recorded gust was 99 mph at The Needles, Isle of Wight.
Also keeping an eye on high winds across the North Sea, where winds of 71 mph, gusting to 92 mph are occurring off the Dutch coast. The storm is due north of the Netherlands and is scooting away towards Denmark and Finland. The below image shows a tree lying across railway tracks at Oosterbeek, a few miles west of Arnhem. Here in the UK, the storm is rapidly abating. It has claimed at least two lives and demolished several houses due to a gas explosion, caused when a falling tree ruptured a gas main.