Posted: Yesterday at 00:03
We do get gusts of 80 in the winter in normal storms, but it is the long and relentless winds that really rip the garden to shreds and do the worst damage, so we are hoping that the storm will pass over quickly.
We had over 100 mph in about 1997 or 1998, which actually blew the dog off her feet and up into the air as she was being brought home on a lead. Fortunately she wasn't injured (just very surprised). It will be a must to get the dogs and the cats in, and the windows and doors will be tightly shut. We often (several times in a winter) have the power cut off, and the telephones usually go too, but we have back up fuel.
Speaking from experience, the two biggest dangers if you go out are from falling branches and falling tiles. They are not talking rubbish when they say to stay indoors. Sometimes tiles shower down if a part of the roof goes. Roofs are designed so that they will land outside - not indoors. Best keep everyone in and tell them not to do any silly bravado stuff. It's best to do any clearing up after the storm has passed whatever has happened, be it trees on wires or greenhouses or whatever else.
Hope nobody needs this advice after all.