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Gale Force

The gales across the country have been pretty devastating overnight and the town of Carlisle looks to be partially underwater after nine inches of rain. Apparently winds reached 128mph in the North of Scotland.

The rain missed us in the South, as the small hurricane continued out to sea to batter Denmark. There are fourteen ships sheltering from the gale in the bay in front of my window this morning. I'm guessing the windspeed must be at least sixty mph and if it gets much stronger, we may see some structural damage to buildings.



The small coaster in this first photo is so close to the shore that I was wondering if he had engine problems but he seems to be maintaining his position against the force of the wind and the outgoing tide on a very wild North Kent coast this morning.

In the second photograph you can see some of the larger vessels hiding towards Margate. In this wind, it's quite likely that my small aircraft is quite literally hovering above the ground over at Maypole. The only thing preventing it from being blown away are the tie-downs connected to a wire cable embedded in the grass.


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