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Ophelia

Post: #290095 Odsox
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:37 am

I'm getting a bit worried about Hurricane Ophelia.
It is now wound up to a category 2 with 105 mph winds and heading directly for my polytunnels. UK Met Office are forecasting sustained winds here of over 60 mph pretty much all day on Monday.
Hopefully the decision to use heavy duty polythene may pay off.

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290096 Green Aura
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:17 pm

Damn it. We've had nothing but high winds and rain for the last 7-10 days!

The joiners haven't been able to finish the roof and we've had a drip through the living room ceiling where the rain is getting (following a screw apparently) since they built the frame (which is making some awful groaning noises in the wind). I'm not sure whether I'm more concerned for the ceiling or the roof frame. :shock:

It looks like they won't be back any time soon then. It looks like you'll get it worse than us, Tony - but, on a brighter note, our polytunnel is holding up nicely, thus far. Hope yours does the same.
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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290097 Odsox
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:31 pm

It's just been upgraded and it's still 3 days away. Now I'm on the tip of the 80 - 90 mph section, with just about all of Ireland in the 70 - 80 mph zone.
Which puts you in the 50 - 60 mph section Maggie.

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Post: #290098 Green Aura
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:29 pm

Deep joy.
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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290099 Flo
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:33 am

Thank heavens for the Pennines/Cheviots. We are sheltered from of the worst of it here. Done nothing for the rainfall today mind. That's very generous.

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290102 Odsox
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:55 pm

Well I've done all that I can, everything that's likely to be blown away is stowed in the barn, all other stuff weighted down. All I can do now is wait.
The forecast is bad, I suspect the road will be washed away again as the peak wind will coincide with high tide, plus of course the storm surge, so will be totally cut off for a while (probably)
The generator has been checked and is working OK and all the petrol cans are full so at least I can keep the freezers going.
Hopefully I'll post again later in the week when all the power lines have been repaired and the Internet is working again.

Never seen a shipping forecast like the one for here before, hurricane force 12 !!!

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Roches Point to Mizen Head
Wind: Mainly southerly force 4 or 5, backing east to southeast this evening. Gradually increasing force 6 to gale 8 and gusty overnight. Winds becoming southerly early Monday morning and further increasing storm force 10 to violent storm force 11. Hurricane force 12 winds in parts.
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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290103 ina
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:59 am

Keeping my fingers crossed for you! We seem to be missing the worst of it, again. They've even taken the yellow warning off that had been on for tomorrow.
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Post: #290104 Green Aura
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:02 am

Keep safe, Tony.

OH keeps insisting it will be blown out before reaching us but I noticed him sliding into the polytunnel with a screwdriver and monkey wrench, to tighten up the joints.

Hold onto your hats folks.

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290107 diggernotdreamer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:29 pm

The storm has hit Cork quite badly, they got it first this morning, it has been moving up the west coast and we are feeling the gusts, at the moment, this is no worse than we have had in the past, but the storm is still centred round Galway as far as I can make out. The whole of Ireland is closed, there are no shops open here now, the hospitals cancelled all appointments, no post, 350k plus without power, never encountered this sort of thing before, two people are dead down the south, we went out earlier to get beer and there are cars outside every house, so it would seem people heeded the warnings and are staying put. We still have power and internet at the moment, candles on standby, tonights is venison pie, unless the power goes off when it will be come stew as we have a gas hob, so at least we can cook.

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Post: #290108 Green Aura
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:26 pm

Well, I hope it gets no worse for you.

It's been incredibly quiet here today, no wind and just a little rain but since about 3pm the sky has been a very strange colour.

I don't think we'll be getting much of Ophelia, all reports say it will either blow itself out or miss us, passing further south. The odd thing is the current wind/rain is definitely coming from the north.
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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290109 diggernotdreamer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:50 pm

Ophelia has now moved up the west coast of Ireland and is currently in Donegal and parts of Northern Ireland, the winds seem to be gusting now from the North West, which is the Atlantic which is right, it started out this morning blowing from the East and South and changed round about 3pm

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290112 Flo
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:10 pm

Doesn't sound good at all. Hope we keep at least a couple of admin for the next couple of days. Looks like Tony has been blown out of cyberspace - hope he's OK.

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290113 diggernotdreamer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:15 pm

Haven't seen him on fb either, the winds have started coming back up from the SW again now, things are still a bit windy, but not like they were, we were lucky here I think

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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290115 Odsox
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:47 pm

All OK here and it's calmed down a lot. It was extremely windy from about 4am until it got dark this evening. No damage at all surprisingly thank goodness just no electricity and to cap it all, the generator doesn't work. The engine works but I didn't think to actually check it was making electricity yesterday. One thing, it's a right pain typing on a small phone.
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Re: Ophelia

Post: #290117 Green Aura
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:55 am

No hint of anything here still. I managed to zap a couple of potential spammers for you Flo - still modding.

Glad you're both OK.
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