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.
- 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
-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
-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
-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...