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Yeah, winds of more than 100mph, heavy rain and a spring tide have combined to cause a storm surge along the North Sea coast of the UK, the worst since 1953 (this has been confirmed, and its not even over yet!).

Basically the wind has been blowing a good one all day and has, unfortunately, already killed some poor man this morning when he was hit by a falling tree in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The wind has since died down, but its rather too late, because the seas are rolling in anyway.
Put it this way: depending on the topography of the area, thousands of people living in places all along the East Coast - from Boston in Lincolnshire, to Jaywick in Essex - have been told to evacuate. A lot of planes have been diverted due to high winds (one in Newcastle was struck by lightning on the way in to land, though that's not as unusual), at least two lorries have been overturned on major motorways and services in Manchester Piccadilly (the biggest train hub in the North) were cancelled.
Powercuts have left people in Cumbria and Teeside without electricity and the high winds have blown off the roofs of schools in Doncaster and Hartlepool. Sea defences are also nowhere near high enough, as the defences here in Scarborough are some of many that have already been breached, causing homes and businesses to flood:

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There is actually meant to be a goddamn slipway where the sea is in the last pic. And also, the last picture is in daylight; at least two more hours before high tide.

I myself am safe and sound - the town of Scarborough itself is built upon the cliffs surrounding the two bays so we are well out of the reach of the sea. But, I wouldn't rule out power cuts and more rain is on the way.
Put it this way: the surge barriers in Hull have been lowered (www.itv.com/news/update/2013-1… and they have even put up the Thames Barrier in London (www.webbaviation.co.uk/gallery… and 2.bp.blogspot.com/_d3V_nSv4fJA…, they are that worried about this storm.

Someone living somewhere drier take me to live with you. Please.
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SapphireSaphira Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god, I remember us watching it out of the window at work. It was pretty scary! 

At least it's over now. I just want it to snow for xmas.
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Phoenix-Flyer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You and me both. But, they said that it isn't going to snow (at least, not in Yorkshire) at all in December.
I'm absolutely gutted. Not because I want a white Christmas, but because the local swimming pool where I work is closed so we can clean it all out for the majority of the month and if it snows, we get some big inflatable dinghies out of storage and slide down the hills on them... which I so wanna do! D:

Ah well. The weather can change and either way, maybe you'll have better luck! ;P
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh its been bad here in Derbyshire. The roof of a tesco was partly blown off, in the main city. Buildings have been shook badly and yeaa just chaos T__T as normal.


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Phoenix-Flyer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scarborough has had it bad, though no buildings have actually been destroyed, I don't think. The worst that happened is that part of the sea wall was destroyed (pbs.twimg.com/media/BaynaI8CEA… and, at one point, the waves were tossing this van around like it was made of wood.

Here's a video of the van that nearly got washed away: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/vi…
The general consensus is that the guy was an idiot for even trying to get around the seafront. But, I suppose not everyone uses the brain that was given to them. :P
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People will never use their brains to even a short extend -____-

Well I watched a bit of the One show and this ladies's house, was being dragged into the sea. Like I said to someone, if you going to have any houses, places in general next to the sea. You should expect that one day it will be gulped by the sea! Its all nice and all but its just a hazard waiting to happen. I just hope we shall start learning to actually build properly defences and this gov starts pulling his finger out and do something useful -__- 
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Phoenix-Flyer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. That was the first thing I thought when I saw aerial views of the houses affected. Simple solution: don't build them that close to the bloody sea in the firdt place!
Well either way, I suppose people can't all have the brains that we do! ;P
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With all respect, I feel sorry for the folks who have lost their homes to the water but come on people please do use a bit of brain matter here. Ahh you are certainly right indeed. I guess people will never truly learn and the "oh it won't happen to me crap" If you think like that, then are asking for such thing.

Ahh the next problem will be the ice and the snow, more then likely. Already the newspapers are scarring the shit out of folks with these "forecasts" ohh months of freezing weathers, black outs all over the place. A bloody baby boom here and more people dying because they can't heat their homes or eat. Why do need the media at times, is beyond me. You can see most weather problems by sticking you head outside a window T__T;

Still we live in this world and the only folks we can blame is ourselves and David Cameron because I can say such things. 
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Phoenix-Flyer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The goal in life for those in jobs within the media is to stir people up; they do that and they sell more copies of their paper. Simple as that.

Britons are pansies when it comes to snow. No contest, everything will stop for barely two inches. Its a national mindset and not exactly the fault of any one person, but at the same time the fault of everyone. Its a confusing issue.

And yep, no arguments from me there! XD
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MrX-Link Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Holy baloney... That's some tough winds there! And I thought we were having sincere storms in the NL, but it seems as if the UK absorbs all the rampage and leaves us with a rather mild breeze in comparison to that. We just get trees falling over, but nothing more. It is predicted we get a massive storm tomorrow as well, but well, we're only getting the aftermath... hang in there and be OK, I know it's gonna be all right but this seems worrying. 

I'd say join me in the Netherlands but it's more like the UK for pussies. And it's flat and boring as hell so I actually think you'd enjoy the UK more despite the storms. 

Well, good luck getting through this and stay inside I'd say.
Survive please. 1-ups are rare these days ;)
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Phoenix-Flyer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its predicted to die right down by the weekend. It just took many by surprise because, usually, the dominant weather fronts come into the UK from the Atlantic in the West. But, this one surged in from the East. Its not to say weather doesn't ever come in from the North Sea (more often than not, the worst of the snow we get comes in from the sea when it actually does snow here), it just isn't usually that bad.
In the end, it was bad, but not as bad as it could have been: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25253080

Does it snow a lot in the Netherlands? If it does, I'm sold! :P
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