With 4 confirmed fatalities, storm St Jude is being called the ‘storm of the decade’. Of course, these storms in the UK are very rare, so whenever it happens, we all go a little bit over the top…
But where did it come from? Well, it came from America, across the Atlantic, briefly swooped through Britain, and then passed into the North sea.
The storm was worse in the south and west, with 146 flood warnings and mad waves gushing over it.
However, in places such as London, we had to endure falling trees, hurricane force winds, and broken fences.
So how forceful were the winds? Well, it ranged, but most recordings were over hurricane force winds (74 mph) and there were confirmed reports of 99 mph on the Isle of Wight approximately at 5 am. There were even reports that are unconfirmed of 105 mph on the streets of Dover. However, that does not match the 115 mph gales recorded in ’87.
So what about the sad details? Well, a gas explosion took the lives of two after a tree fell on a house. It also damaged three houses. Other deaths were reported.
Trains were disrupted, meaning madness for commuters, and roads were closed. Over 130 Heathrow flights were cancelled. However, by Monday afternoon the storm had mainly passed, though leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Not as bad as many predicted, but worse than many other guesses, the storm of St Jude could cause thousands spent to recover the damage wreaked across the bleak country, and we have all been shaken by the damage. Britain was ‘bombarded with heavy rain and high winds’ and at its peak a total of 600,000 houses were left powerless.
What do you think of this mad storm? Let us know! Don’t live in the UK? Have we gone mad?