11th November 2010 Yorkshire, England, UK.
After the Met office warned of severe gales in the UK the freak weather hit on 11th November. In my neck of the woods the day began with torrential rain. By the time I had stood at the bus stop for about ten minutes I resembled a drowned rat. Even when I left work at lunchtime my coat was still sodden.
The afternoon saw the winds pick up dramatically. The Autumn leaves which have fallen later this year due to mild conditions were whipped into a frenzy. The Humber Bridge was closed to high sided vehicles as storm winds blasted the UK. In the end gusts of up to 100mph were recorded as flights were disrupted, power cables downed and bridges closed during 24 hours of chaos. The gales also caused severe damage to Blackpool's seafront and attractions.
Four flood warnings were issued in northern England, according to the Environment Agency. The storm left a trail of damage in its wake. This included huge piles of leaves which had been blown into the corner of gardens and the like. Winds had been predicted to reach 80mph more or less and as it turned out this was much less than actually occurred. The worst hit areas were the coastal ones. At least one person has lost their life as a result of storm damage.
The UK gales may sound minor to those in far flung countries but these winds have been the strongest to hit the UK for many years.