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(Kent Online)   30 years ago today, the UK was hit by its worst storm since 1703. It was a big deal for us as we just didn't get hurricanes 'round these parts, plus the bloke on the telly said we weren't getting one. Subby slept through the whole thing   ( kentonline.co.uk) divider line
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2017-10-13 04:08:29 AM  
I remember that, it was a bit windy.
 
2017-10-13 07:51:41 AM  
I live in southern Alabama.  We basically slept through the last category 1 hurricane that blew through here last Sunday.
 
2017-10-13 07:55:55 AM  
Strolled through Hyde Park (Lunnun, innit) a few days after - uprooted trees everywhere, including one across several racks of expensive looking rowing racers.
 
2017-10-13 07:58:52 AM  
Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.
 
2017-10-13 07:59:51 AM  
Like subby, I slept through it as well.  Which was quite a feat considering we lost about 1/3rd of the tiles on the roof, plus my bedroom was in the eaves of the house, and my father carried me downstairs because of the previous two issues.

I woke up the next morning on the sofa with the remains of our roof scattered all over the patio.

/also once spelt through the house being struck by lightning.
 
2017-10-13 08:08:11 AM  
My mum had a Citreon 2CV that got blown over in that storm. We had to walk to school the next morning. Harrowing times.
 
2017-10-13 08:11:23 AM  
Well i farking didn't
 
2017-10-13 08:16:45 AM  
Stock market crash as well, no? Black Friday?

Or was that a different time.
 
2017-10-13 08:18:06 AM  
Global warming did it
 
2017-10-13 08:18:37 AM  
And now you're getting another one.
Happy Friday the 13th.
 
2017-10-13 08:21:04 AM  
The bloke on the tele also predicted this:

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2017-10-13 08:21:14 AM  
I was in the UK that night and it knocked nearly 100 trees down close to where I was staying. It didn't do any damage to houses that I recall seeing but it was a bad storm.
 
2017-10-13 08:23:26 AM  
It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.
 
2017-10-13 08:30:25 AM  
Yeah, they say it was a storm but some of us know what it really was.

/ it was giants
 
2017-10-13 08:32:13 AM  

orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.


Like Hurricane Ballbag here.

(Disclaimer: I was initially jokingly replacing Bawbag with Ballbag because of the sound, but apparently Bawbag does actually mean scrotum.)
 
2017-10-13 08:39:06 AM  
But if it wasn't on the Telly then you must have imagined it, because the Telly is the truth.:
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2017-10-13 08:43:27 AM  

Pinko_Commie: Like subby, I slept through it as well.  Which was quite a feat considering we lost about 1/3rd of the tiles on the roof, plus my bedroom was in the eaves of the house, and my father carried me downstairs because of the previous two issues.

I woke up the next morning on the sofa with the remains of our roof scattered all over the patio.

/also once spelt through the house being struck by lightning.


Subby here. I was 14 at the time so had a habit of sleeping soundly. We actually had our neighbour's greenhouse land in our back garden right outside my window.
 
2017-10-13 08:46:32 AM  

orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.


Who's whining?

Don't you start... my heart sinks every time there's a UK weather-related 'everybody panic' headline on fark. Arizona and Texas farkers line up to pooh pooh our paltry heatwaves or whatever, and completely ignore me going 'we know! no one's panicking*. It's manufactired tabloid nonsense'

*that doesn't look right
 
2017-10-13 08:47:55 AM  

Shagbert: Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.


Why didn't you just go out there with your chain saw and cut them up? That's how it works here.  Was in a storm up in Duluth last summer.  Lake Superior is very cold and it was very hot inland. Storm came in from the lake at night.  The straight line winds from the hot air getting sucked out into the lake were so strong it knocked down hundreds of trees and even ripped parts of roofs off including the hotel I was in.  At 9:00am there were trees down everywhere but people had used chains to pull the trees off the roads with their truck or in the case of one really big tree the cut the section over the road out and pulled it off.  By 4:00pm almost all the trees had been reduced to piles of firewood at the foot of peoples driveways. Merica!
 
2017-10-13 09:02:02 AM  
I thought Hurricane Bawbag was invented by Irvine Welsh for the novel A Decent Ride.

I mean, Bawbag?
 
2017-10-13 09:03:01 AM  

Lady J: Who's whining?


Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.
 
2017-10-13 09:03:57 AM  
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As of 0900 UTC (10am BST), southeast England is far from guaranteed to escape gale force winds, but is highly unlikely to feel Ophelia's full wrath.

That privilege is reserved for the Irish. Most of Ireland now has at least a 10 percent chance of seeing hurricane force winds. Somehow I don't expect that to fall at the next advisory.
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2017-10-13 09:04:05 AM  
HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY, subby
 
2017-10-13 09:08:58 AM  

orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.


I'm a soft south-easterner and I dont think any of those things.

/it's grim up north
/winter is coming
 
2017-10-13 09:14:42 AM  

natch: I thought Hurricane Bawbag was invented by Irvine Welsh for the novel A Decent Ride.

I mean, Bawbag?


Pretty sure that's an unofficial naming by the Scots. Technically the Hurricane part is wrong anyway, officially storms can only be hurricanes if they form in the Tropics.
 
2017-10-13 09:20:28 AM  
I, too, slept through it.

Woke up in the morning and the tree in the front garden had fallen down, towards the house.

The top of the tree was less than a hands-width from the house itself, but hadn't made contact.
 
2017-10-13 09:21:35 AM  
Wrong date, it was the 16th not the 13th. 'Twas my birthday so I remembers it well

I remember waking up at 3 am wondering why there was a fox on my flat 1st floor roof. /CSB
 
2017-10-13 09:28:47 AM  
Is that the same day Sargent Pepper taught the band to play?
 
2017-10-13 09:28:50 AM  

Lady J: orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.

Who's whining?

Don't you start... my heart sinks every time there's a UK weather-related 'everybody panic' headline on fark. Arizona and Texas farkers line up to pooh pooh our paltry heatwaves or whatever, and completely ignore me going 'we know! no one's panicking*. It's manufactired tabloid nonsense'

*that doesn't look right


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There was a bad one in 1953 as well, the North Sea Flood. I found a documentary after learning of it watching an episode of Coast.
 
2017-10-13 09:54:23 AM  

orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.


22 people died, including a friend's uncle.
 
2017-10-13 10:00:03 AM  

Prince George: Shagbert: Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.

Why didn't you just go out there with your chain saw and cut them up? That's how it works here.  Was in a storm up in Duluth last summer.  Lake Superior is very cold and it was very hot inland. Storm came in from the lake at night.  The straight line winds from the hot air getting sucked out into the lake were so strong it knocked down hundreds of trees and even ripped parts of roofs off including the hotel I was in.  At 9:00am there were trees down everywhere but people had used chains to pull the trees off the roads with their truck or in the case of one really big tree the cut the section over the road out and pulled it off.  By 4:00pm almost all the trees had been reduced to piles of firewood at the foot of peoples driveways. Merica!


What time do schools start where you are?  4pm?  If it was earlier then by your own admission even in Manly Manland the tress wouldn't have been cleared.
 
2017-10-13 10:09:31 AM  

Lady J: orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.

I'm a soft south-easterner and I dont think any of those things.

/it's grim up north
/winter is coming


Report from Up North: This was just up the road from me on Wednesday.
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/it's a bit damp out
//believe it or not, it was sunny yesterday
 
2017-10-13 10:11:31 AM  

Lady J: orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.

I'm a soft south-easterner and I dont think any of those things.

/it's grim up north
/winter is coming


Hah, I have a Scottish friend living on the Isle of Skye. You can't even talk about the weather without him calling southerners a bunch of softies, whining over ... wait, Orbister, is that you?!

It's fine though, because once the temperature reaches double digits he starts crying about sticky ballsacks, and sweating like a mofo. Fortunately I'm too busy enjoying the rare sunshine to bother calling him a soft northern nonce who can't handle a bit of warmth.

My favourite is the people who live in places of extremes where there's 10ft of snow 10 months of the year, calling everyone else idiots for not having snow tyres, chains, ploughs etc, or the people in Phoenix calling people soft for saying, "it's a bit warm", when the temps hit 100F. All because they want anonymous strangers on the internet to think they're cool.

/my mum says i'm cool.
 
2017-10-13 10:11:42 AM  

The Envoy: Prince George: Shagbert: Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.

Why didn't you just go out there with your chain saw and cut them up? That's how it works here.  Was in a storm up in Duluth last summer.  Lake Superior is very cold and it was very hot inland. Storm came in from the lake at night.  The straight line winds from the hot air getting sucked out into the lake were so strong it knocked down hundreds of trees and even ripped parts of roofs off including the hotel I was in.  At 9:00am there were trees down everywhere but people had used chains to pull the trees off the roads with their truck or in the case of one really big tree the cut the section over the road out and pulled it off.  By 4:00pm almost all the trees had been reduced to piles of firewood at the foot of peoples driveways. Merica!

What time do schools start where you are?  4pm?  If it was earlier then by your own admission even in Manly Manland the tress wouldn't have been cleared.


You misunderstand. Clearing trees is what constitutes schooling where he lives.
 
2017-10-13 10:25:09 AM  

Slaxl: Lady J: orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.

I'm a soft south-easterner and I dont think any of those things.

/it's grim up north
/winter is coming

Hah, I have a Scottish friend living on the Isle of Skye. You can't even talk about the weather without him calling southerners a bunch of softies, whining over ... wait, Orbister, is that you?!

It's fine though, because once the temperature reaches double digits he starts crying about sticky ballsacks, and sweating like a mofo. Fortunately I'm too busy enjoying the rare sunshine to bother calling him a soft northern nonce who can't handle a bit of warmth.

My favourite is the people who live in places of extremes where there's 10ft of snow 10 months of the year, calling everyone else idiots for not having snow tyres, chains, ploughs etc, or the people in Phoenix calling people soft for saying, "it's a bit warm", when the temps hit 100F. All because they want anonymous strangers on the internet to think they're cool.

/my mum says i'm cool.


lol, this.
 
2017-10-13 10:26:30 AM  

Prince George: Shagbert: Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.

Why didn't you just go out there with your chain saw and cut them up? That's how it works here.  Was in a storm up in Duluth last summer.  Lake Superior is very cold and it was very hot inland. Storm came in from the lake at night.  The straight line winds from the hot air getting sucked out into the lake were so strong it knocked down hundreds of trees and even ripped parts of roofs off including the hotel I was in.  At 9:00am there were trees down everywhere but people had used chains to pull the trees off the roads with their truck or in the case of one really big tree the cut the section over the road out and pulled it off.  By 4:00pm almost all the trees had been reduced to piles of firewood at the foot of peoples driveways. Merica!


Down here in Arkansas you'll find guys in trucks with chainsaws driving around after every storm looking to collect free firewood to sell come winter.  Our roads don't stay blocked for very long at all.  I've cleared a few roads myself because that's what I had to do to get where I needed to go...the benefits of being a tool owner.
 
2017-10-13 10:33:35 AM  

Lady J: Slaxl: Lady J: orbister: Lady J: Who's whining?

Soft south-easterners who think that a few trees falling over (well, OK, fifteen million trees falling over) and a day of delays on their commuting trips gives them true insight into human suffering.

I'm a soft south-easterner and I dont think any of those things.

/it's grim up north
/winter is coming

Hah, I have a Scottish friend living on the Isle of Skye. You can't even talk about the weather without him calling southerners a bunch of softies, whining over ... wait, Orbister, is that you?!

It's fine though, because once the temperature reaches double digits he starts crying about sticky ballsacks, and sweating like a mofo. Fortunately I'm too busy enjoying the rare sunshine to bother calling him a soft northern nonce who can't handle a bit of warmth.

My favourite is the people who live in places of extremes where there's 10ft of snow 10 months of the year, calling everyone else idiots for not having snow tyres, chains, ploughs etc, or the people in Phoenix calling people soft for saying, "it's a bit warm", when the temps hit 100F. All because they want anonymous strangers on the internet to think they're cool.

/my mum says i'm cool.

lol, this.


Yep, that.  I might get snow or ice once or twice a year for a combined total of 6 days.  Central AR isn't known for our snow; though the ice storms can be a motherfarker.  My friends from Alaska and Minnesota say that Southern Ice Storms are worse than anything they get up North because it goes from green to freeze with no snow, just smooth sheets of ice on everything for two or three days...then it's like nothing ever happened except for all the damn mud.
 
2017-10-13 10:53:00 AM  

orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.


Yeah, but it's grim up there..

Kent is the Garden of England, so of course it was more serious 😜
 
2017-10-13 11:01:15 AM  

Pinko_Commie: orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.

Yeah, but it's grim up there..

Kent is the Garden of England, so of course it was more serious 😜


There's only about 10 large-ish towns in the entire country, nothing bigger than what the Americans would call a village, so there's a hell of a lot of open land for the high winds to careen through unhindered, so when it comes across a solid object, shiat tends to get knocked out of the way
 
2017-10-13 11:19:56 AM  

Stantz: Pinko_Commie: orbister: It wasn't the worst storm in the UK since 1703 - it was the worst storm in the south-east of England since 1703. Northern and western parts get these sort of winds regularly, but don't whine about it.

Yeah, but it's grim up there..

Kent is the Garden of England, so of course it was more serious 😜

There's only about 10 large-ish towns in the entire country, nothing bigger than what the Americans would call a village, so there's a hell of a lot of open land for the high winds to careen through unhindered, so when it comes across a solid object, shiat tends to get knocked out of the way


Where are you getting that from? The largest city in the US is NY at about 8.5m. London is about 8.8m.
 
2017-10-13 11:27:50 AM  
More importantly, 1987 was 30 years ago?
 
2017-10-13 11:43:27 AM  
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Watch out for sharks if there is any flooding...
 
2017-10-13 12:00:45 PM  

Lady J: Where are you getting that from? The largest city in the US is NY at about 8.5m. London is about 8.8m.


I've lived in Kent for 43 years so I have a little local knowledge. Also, I'm not talking about London, I'm talking about towns & cities in a county that is about 90% fields.

I'm also exaggerating slightly, but you might have missed that
 
2017-10-13 12:04:14 PM  

Stantz: Lady J: Where are you getting that from? The largest city in the US is NY at about 8.5m. London is about 8.8m.

I've lived in Kent for 43 years so I have a little local knowledge. Also, I'm not talking about London, I'm talking about towns & cities in a county that is about 90% fields.

I'm also exaggerating slightly, but you might have missed that


I thought you meant county. You did say country though...
 
2017-10-13 12:13:47 PM  
You slept through the whole thing? So, like, like my 911.

I got up late, turned on the news, and there it was, all over except the cryiing. I went out to buy a news paper, but naturally there was nothing in it. This was television news, not print news. There is no more print news. All the real news happens on Twitter, Facebook and conspiracy websites. All the news is Fake because there is no time to spellcheck.

I remember the storm. It uprooted trees. Big, old trees that dated back as far as 1703 and earlier. It was a Black Swan.

The thing about the future is that it will by definition, be worse than the past because the scale is open-ended, there is no record of the worst storm or earthquake ever, because it will always be the Next Big One. Fortunately there are White Swans as well as Black Swans and people who are ready for them will thrive just as bigly as people who are ready for the worst possible, not the worst that has ever been, will survive. Probably.

Sometimes it is the Apocalypse. The apocalypse for your world, not all worlds.
 
2017-10-13 12:30:04 PM  
I slept through it too.
I lived on the south coast & my mum woke me in the morning with a cup of coffee, which was weird as I used to have to do it myself.
She also made me breakfast & that really got me suspicious. Even more so when she offered to give me a lift to college.......provided I help move the tree out of the driveway.....& put the shed back together.......& re-erect the garden fences.
The drive along the seafront was bizarre as boats were strewn all over the road along with a lot of the beach (it was shingles).
She couldn't believe I'd slept through it. Although I did have quite a heavy night before it.
 
2017-10-13 12:38:15 PM  

natch: I thought Hurricane Bawbag was invented by Irvine Welsh for the novel A Decent Ride.

I mean, Bawbag?


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The standard Scottish measurement for very small distances is the "bawhair" as in "How near that car am I?" "You're fine - come back a bawhair."
 
2017-10-13 01:16:22 PM  
I slept through Rita.  In my youth I thought getting blackout drunk right before a hurricane landed was a good idea.
 
2017-10-13 01:26:57 PM  
FTA: 30th anniversary of 1987 Great Storm that battered Kent


Hollywood misinterpretation of what a "Battered Kent" might look like

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2017-10-13 02:02:44 PM  

dillengest: The Envoy: Prince George: Shagbert: Yup, slept through it too, including the tree that came down right outside my window. I remember being thrilled to get the day off of school though, largely due to no one being able to get anywhere due to all the trees taking a nap across the tube lines and roads.

Why didn't you just go out there with your chain saw and cut them up? That's how it works here.  Was in a storm up in Duluth last summer.  Lake Superior is very cold and it was very hot inland. Storm came in from the lake at night.  The straight line winds from the hot air getting sucked out into the lake were so strong it knocked down hundreds of trees and even ripped parts of roofs off including the hotel I was in.  At 9:00am there were trees down everywhere but people had used chains to pull the trees off the roads with their truck or in the case of one really big tree the cut the section over the road out and pulled it off.  By 4:00pm almost all the trees had been reduced to piles of firewood at the foot of peoples driveways. Merica!

What time do schools start where you are?  4pm?  If it was earlier then by your own admission even in Manly Manland the tress wouldn't have been cleared.

You misunderstand. Clearing trees is what constitutes schooling where he lives.


Actually pretty much everywhere I've lived that would have been a few days of waiting for the city or county to clean most of that up but it was more like a few hours and the only municipal vehicles I saw were dealing with a gas leak. It was kind of cool. Also it was summer so no school though it would have been canceled anyway because most of the city didn't have power.
 
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