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post #1 of 6
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Yes, this is a community announcement...

Sorry to those of you who sent me PMs over the weekend, and were expecting my usual prompt reply.
At 8.50am Sunday morning the storms over England cut off my electricity. It came back on at 12.30 for about 40 minutes, and hasn't been on since. No heat, no light, no internet access.
I didn't get many replies in on Saturday, cause the storms were affecting internet connections, and I was too hyped to type after the Ski Show & Bond Exhibition.

And finally, an apology to AC.
I've ordered my broadband connection, so will be posting at 10x my normal rate in about a week's time.

post #2 of 6
Winds of 90 mph! Many dead throughout Europe. Mother Nature at her worst.

On a lighter note, Foxy, you should have a comedy show on the Telly. You constantly are much more amusing than Leno or Letterman.
post #3 of 6
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While I appreciate your compliment, given that I don't have a bunch of script writers, but I always remember the words of a very close friend:
"Fox, you have a face for radio."

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You had it easy

"BERLIN (Reuters) - Storms killed at least 33 people across northern Europe over the weekend, destroying buildings, uprooting trees and disrupting travel by air, land and sea.

Ten people were killed in Germany as winds gusted up to 183 kph (114 mph) overnight. One of the victims was crushed under the rubble of his collapsed roof and a 56-year-old farmer died after he was struck by lightning.

"It was an extreme occurrence," German meteorological office spokesman Uwe Kirsche said. "Storms are normal at this time of year, but not at this strength."

Kirsche said the death toll might have been higher had the storm not been forecast by meteorologists late last week as it gathered strength in the North Atlantic before it swept across Britain and on into continental Europe.

In Britain, falling trees and debris killed seven people, cut power supplies to thousands of homes and disrupted air, road and rail travel.

An angler drowned after winds swept him out to sea and three other people, including a 14-year-old girl, were crushed by trees falling on their cars.

The head of the Association of British Insurers told local media the damage would stretch into tens of millions of pounds, while police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia put the damage in that region alone at millions of euros.


British Airways said it had cancelled 11 short-haul flights on Monday and there would also be short delays on other departures.

Hundreds of rail services were also cancelled in Britain on Monday and train services were also disrupted in Germany due to damage to overhead cables and debris blocking the lines.

Shipping services between Britain and France were disrupted on Sunday, and a P&O passenger ferry carrying 800 passengers and 130 crew was blown into a British warship as it tried to dock in southern England.

In France, two car passengers died when a tree fell on their vehicle. A hunter was struck by a falling tree and a man was killed when the roof of a home under construction caved in.

In Belgium, media reports said five people had been killed, including a 13-year-old boy who crashed into a skip at a construction site after losing control while roller skating at the Belgian coast.

Winds also swept a 60-year-old man from his roof to his death, while two other Belgians lost their lives diving in a river.

In Denmark, a 51-year-old man died while driving alone in his car on a forest road in the south west of the country.

In the Netherlands four people died, including a 77-year-old man near Amsterdam who was blown into an iron fence. Winds also swept one person into the sea near the Dutch town of Scheveningen. A third person was later reported blown into the sea near Vlissingen.

"Normally a person would not survive this," a coastguard spokesman said after a fruitless search.

A spokesman for Dutch insurer Interpolis said the company had received thousands of damage claims, estimating the total cost at about 15 million euros (9.5 million pounds). He said the figure might rise to "tens of millions of euros."

In Poland, at least two people were killed and several injured overnight. One man died after driving a car into a fallen tree-trunk and a fly-away metal sheet killed another.

Firefighters evacuated several houses damaged by winds, some areas had electricity supply cut off as lines were torn down."



PS Where did you get that inflatable tank?
post #5 of 6
The very same phenomenon occurred in Upstate New York in early September 1999. Not a hurricane or tornado per se, but 138 mile per hour (!) winds for a solid two hours.

I had to go up to my mother's for three days and clean up over a dozen very large trees that had fallen in her acre yard.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
The trains are still delayed.
I stayed in a hotel last night, so don't know if I have power at home yet. (still 1,000s of houses in the UK without electricity) Rumours are that there are more storms on the way.

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