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Ophelia!

Postby LadyA » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 pm

I haven't blown away!!

By golly, that was a storm, and no mistake! I can honestly say that I've never seen anything like it, because the last time anything approaching anything like as severe hit any part of Ireland, I was only a baby! It's over 50 years since anything that did similar damage, and that wasn't widespread.
I've never really thought of hurricanes (or even "ex" hurricanes.) as going on and on for hour after hour. Somehow, I always thought they just sort of blew through fairly quickly! But no. This was an all day event, even though the weather forecasters said it was "moving fairly rapidly". Sadly, the storm wasn't the only thing moving fairly rapidly. Trees, telephone & electricity poles and lines, fences, sheds and trampolines, tiles and in several instances, entire roofs (including the trusses and joists on a couple of buildings!! :o ) also moved rapidly, taking down everything in their path, knocking out power to over 360,000 homes and blocking hundreds of roads. All schools and colleges had been ordered to remain closed yesterday and today. Yesterday, most shops and businesses closed, and public transport was suspended. people were warned to remain indoors and only go out if it was absolutely necessary. Still, you got those few with no regard for either their own or Emergency Rescue Services' lives, who went went swimming (in the ocean!), wind surfing, etc. There are calls for them to be charged with Endangerment and/or billed with the cost of their rescue. Like, seriously! To put a four man helicopter crew in such danger, going up in those conditions to rescue you because you were dumb enough to go windsurfing in a hurricane?? Not to mention the coastguard and lifeboat crew who also had to turn out. :evil:

Anyway, I survived here very well. I only stuck my nose out to make sure the chickens were ok. I didn't let them out of their secure run yesterday, although I then worried all day about two huge evergreen trees which are beside the run! I was sure they were going to come down smashing the run, chicken house and chickens!! Thankfully, all that happened was that a huge branch broke off one of them, doing a little damage to the run roof, but falling sideways, missing the run, the henhouse, and only damaging part of a fence! This morning, I had to go with my big loppers and cut as much as I could off, so I could get in to let the hens out! Then a friend came with his chainsaw and cut up the branch into logs and stacked them for me. Free firewood! Yay! He also mended the fence. So all (except the roof) is good as new! The only other damage I had was that my small greenhouse, which is in the front of the garden, is, shall we say, "well ventilated"!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: With my very small income, I have been just sick about how much my roof & chimney repairs cost me a couple of months ago. But, good grief, I shudder to think what I'd be facing if I hadn't got it done! The front of the house was taking the full force of the wind yesterday for several hours, and my modern, double glazed windows and front door were actually creaking under the onslaught! I was really afraid at one stage that the big window was going to give way! Thank God, I'm quite sheltered by trees and hedging, not just my own, but an evergreen hedge on the other side of the narrow country road that I live on.

I certainly hope I never experience anything like it again! Have to say though, that Govt. come in for a lot of stick, but they did do all they could with this. They had an Emergency Committee formed late last week, the Meteorologists were tracking the storm and keeping Govt and the public informed, Councils had sandbags etc. at the ready, people were advised to make sure they had supplies in so they wouldn't need to go out, to make sure they had candles, batteries, flashlights, etc. and they basically put the country on as much lockdown as possible, to minimise the danger to life.

After cutting my way in to the chickens and dealing with them this morning, I just had to clean my windows!! They were almost opaque with salt (I'm near the coast) and dust and bits of evergreen tree needles, and other dirt! Never saw anything like it! I had to give the car a quick wash off too, as it too was covered in salt, which wouldn't do it any good!
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby Hen-Gen » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:44 pm

Glad you've come through largely unscathed. I can only agree with you that these major storms are quite frightening.
I always find myself making jokes about the Blitz spirit and manning the gunwales (whatever they are).
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby Marigold » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:31 am

So glad you got through relatively unscathed, LadyA. I was thinking about you when we saw the News, and hoped all was basically OK. I remember in the 80s, I was teaching 30+ 7-year-olds in an old wooden hut, quite a long way from the main building, in a big storm some years ago, wondering whether the roof was going to blow off - I could hear it creaking and lifting, and I knew at least one window was rotten. Would it be best to stay put, or try to take the children back to the main building in the force of the storm? We did stay put and the roof survived, just, but I was the only adult out there, and in the days before mobiles there was no means of communicating with the main school if there had been any sort of emergency. Scary stuff.
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby bigyetiman » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:35 pm

Glad you survived with minimal damage, and your house was ok. At least you have free firewood.
I saw the idiot swimming and thought there should be a mandatory fine for people who blatantly disregard weather warnings and put other peoples lives in danger that have to rescue them. Not to mention diverting coastguards/ RNLI from a vessel or someone in trouble.
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby LadyA » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:21 am

Our prime minister says that steps will be taken to make it unlawful for people to disobey emergency service warnings in such situations. In other words, if, for example, the Coastguard/Lifeboats/Rescue services and/or police have warned people to stay clear of coastlines, cliffs, coastal areas, not to enter the water, etc. etc. then they would be liable to prosecution. I hope he does, particularly as the two idiots that were taken in from windsurfing were threatening to take a civil action against the Rescue Services, for infringing their human rights!! Seriously, some people deserve a good slap!
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby Hen-Gen » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:54 am

Good point, LadyA. No one would support child abuse but most of us oldies received some low grade physical correction from our parents for unacceptable behaviour. This is perfectly normal in the natural world as is evidenced by our relatives, eg chimpanzees, or by anyone who has seen how a bitch interacts with her puppies. But because modern parenting prohibits such practises children grow up with no sense of self discipline. And so the philosophy of unbridled self interest is rife in today's society. So, I want to go surfing then to hell with the consequences for everyone else. It's a combination of utter selfishness and adolescent machismo which, unfortunately, seems to be carried on to people in their mid forties nowadays.

I have had the misfortune of late to accidentally click on my TV to see, briefly, one of those reality shows involving groups of young folk. Though undeniably physically beautiful they seem to have the collective IQ's of a gerbil and the morals of the gutter. And the masses call this entertainment!

Rant over! :D
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby valeriebutterley » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:36 am

Loved your rant!!!!!!
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby bigyetiman » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:37 pm

Couldn't have put it better myself.
I work with someone who's son was on a reality show. He informed me when he joined the company that " your wife would probably recognise him" as I professed ignorance. She soon put him right with a completely blank look, followed by the I can't believe you think I watch that rubbish look.
Said son does have the IQ of a gerbil, he left his girlfriend and married someone else, when she was pregnant with their second child went back to the girlfriend got her pregnant, left wife, threatened to kill his wife if she ever went out with someone else in a room full of people, that resulted in sack from reality show. Now spends all day working out at a gym and getting tattoos, and now on girlfriend number 3. Gutter morals to boot
Says it all about reality stars.
OH thinks they should have a programme called celebrity firing squad, and the public can nominate a celebrity for execution. that will get rid of them
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Re: Ophelia!

Postby dinosaw » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:10 pm

I like your OH's thinking BYM, would be bound to be popular. Perhaps we could then have some spin-off shows which create a bit of tension, like Celebrity Russian Roulette, Celebrity Minefield Challenge, I'm a Celebrity, Who Cut My Parachute?.
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