Sunday, 27 October 2013

A Storm Coming

I remember the great storm of '87. We were hit with such strong winds, the country woke up to find trees, roofs and vehicles were not where we left them, nor where they in the same number of pieces. It will stick in my mind because at the time I worked for a local shop and the next morning was out cycling through the devastation delivering newspapers.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning to our region as many hours of hurricane force winds and heavy rain are forecast to hit us between 9pm tonight and 9am tomorrow. It is predicted to be the worst storm since that dreadful destruction of '87. To say I am anxious about what will happen to the Rescue, an outdoor arrangement of sheds surrounded by old trees, is an understatement. We have had hutches blown over in previous storms, we even had a tree come down and narrowly miss rabbit accommodation one year, but this one is set to be much, much worse. I feel bad that I couldn't get to the Rescue to help secure everything today and quite frankly, I think I am going to feel sick with worry until I hear from Caroline tomorrow.

At home, I am at least thankful that I currently have no outdoor bunnies to worry about. That said, I did need to spend some time this afternoon removing the tarpaulin from the run and securing anything else that looked like it might catch the wind to minimise the risk of damage. Then, just when I thought I was done and could head indoors...

"There's a storm coming?"

"OK, I'm ready. Now you'd better get yourself down the shops and stock up on carrots, pronto."

OK Whisky, I'll get my coat...[sigh].


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  2. Yes, I remember it too. I was 16 and in Rochester, Kent, down south where the worst winds were. We had the day off school the next day, and so I wandered around looking at the devastation. There was a local "park" area, but not a park really, with many tall old trees. It was pretty much demolished.

    I'm in Manchester now, and they say tonight won't be bad here. A bit windy and rainy, that's all. Pity. I kinda fancy the idea of it blowing a gale and chucking it down with rain WHILE I'M SAFE AND COSY IN BED! But niot tomorrow morning on the way to work.

    I hope all of your bunnies are safe and not frightened. They will all deserve extra treats tomorrow to compensate them!

  3. Yes, we are all really hoping for the best. We can have some rough weather in Austin, and I worry about our bunnies so much. The location is low enough for a little flooding, but those galvanized metal roofs really do not reassure in windy weather. Scares me to death. We will be thinking about you and your little charges and wishing you the the best. Remember you all are British volunteers and bunnies - tough, stick together, stiff upper lips. Whiskey of course seems to be something of profiteer. Seriously, be careful.

  4. The only thing that matters here is that our Whisky is safe!!!!
    How did everyone else fare?

  5. Caroline has informed is that all the buns are safe and there was no damage, just a lot of leafy tree bits all over the place! Phew.

  6. Thank goodness. Thank you for letting us know. Are you all out of danger now? I mean is this weather system gone?

  7. Yay All is safe !!!and the system has gone!xx Rachel