Sunday, 15 October 2017

Preparing For The Storm


The remains of Hurricane Ophelia is headed towards Ireland and Scotland at the moment and the last report I had yesterday was that it had strengthened to Category Three, which is geographically unusual and it has now passed the Azores and coming our way. Predicted winds are to be about 70mph and while this is not strong by the standards that the US and Caribbean have had to deal with, it will be bad enough to be scary for us in Britain as we don't get a lot of bad storms like this in my part of Scotland.

High winds scare me so yes I'm pretty nervous about it. I don't imagine I will be getting much sleep over the next few days. We don't have a Weather Channel here and frankly, Internet updates are sketchy at best so I'm kind of in the dark about the current strength of the storm or exact path it will take. I can hear the wind getting up outside my window as I write this though. If I'm not online during this week, it may mean that we have had a power cut as they are vaguely talking about it but not saying where it is likely. The lack of info is frustrating! The weather report ten minutes ago said 'high winds in some areas'...helpful huh. Some are saying it will be the worst storm to hit us while others think it will be fine. Great. Well I'll assume the worst just in case.

However, my preperations are complete! Our heating is by gas, our lights and cooking facilities are electricity. Here are some of the preperations I've made over the weekend.

COOKING:
- dug out the gas cylinder camping stove and spare bottles for cooking
-ensured that tins of fast heating food are in date
-tin opener in good working condition

WATER:
-looked out supply of bottled water
-every spare bottle, bucket and container has been filled with tap water
-buckets of water are sitting in the shower in case of manual toilet flush being required
-bottles of water are sitting in each room ready for consumption

LIGHTS:
-battery powered lanterns and lights are positioned in each room
-spare batteries in each room ready for use
-lantern each for my dad and I to carry from room to room if required
-torches also ready for use

HEAT:
-in case the gas is not available, we have sleeping bags, big furry blankets and warm clothes
-portable calor gas unit is ready for use 

Maybe we won't need any of it and it can be packed away again by Wednesday but I feel better having it and not needing it than suddenly being without the essentials. Now it is a matter of waiting and hoping that it does weaken as predicted and that we don't get a hammering. But if we do, I'm happy that we're ready to deal with it on a practical basis.

Best wishes to all in Ireland who will get hit first. Good luck and stay safe...

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    1. I'll be hiding under the covers in my bed as it hits! Winds are getting a little gusty now...

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  2. Oh no,that's no good.. Hope you stay safe and won't get hit that hard. I can imagine how annoying and scary it would be to only get very vague information or nothing at all..

    Pretty cool that you are prepared so well though.

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    1. Ireland is getting battered at the moment so we can expect it by midnight. We live in an old brick house which is sturdy and these winds shouldn't affect the building but I am nervous about the roof! I'm prepared but hopefully it will diminish before it gets to us...

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  3. Let's hope for the best, but it's also good that you are prepared for the worst. Stay safe!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. We're not used to this level of storm here but it's not what the US and Caribbean got so I'm grateful for that! I don't suppose I'll be lucky enough to sleep through it!

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  4. It's def smart to get everything ready in case you need it rather than waiting to see what happens. Hopefully you won't lose power or water though. I can only imagine how much more nerve-wracking it'd be to not even get reliable weather updates. Stay safe and let us know how you are once it has passed <3

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    1. My house looks like a water factory! I'm hopeful we will be unscathed but it does to play it safe just in case. I've got a nice load of junk food as well! You will have had it much worse than we are going to get most likely. We should be fine!

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  5. Stay safe and I'm glad you're prepared - however I would expect nothing less. You have more survival knowledge in your little finger than I do all over. Update us when you can and Cass and Booker send lots of happy thoughts your way!

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    1. Chuckles Goes Prepper! It's been kind of exciting getting my supplies ready though the chances of needing it are remote. At worst it should be a power cut or a few slates off the roof. Still nervous though! The slightest winds bother me! Cuddle your boys for me!

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  6. It sounds like you've done everything you can to prepare. Just went through one here. Be safe my friend!

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    1. We should be fine! It's not like the hurricanes you guys have to suffer and I'm glad of that. There better not be a power cut as Bake Off is on tomorrow!

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  7. well if someone knows how to prepare is you Chuckles! I can tell you knew how. Glad to know you are ok

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    1. Yeah I actually slept through it which was a bonus. An overturned garden bench was the worst of it!

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  8. Positive thoughts coming your way!

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    1. Thanks! Everything turned out fine thankfully!

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