The news report says that rail services across much of southern Britain have been cancelled for the morning rush hour as a storm continues to batter parts of England and Wales. More than 40 railway line blockages caused by falling trees have been cleared, but more are expected to be found by special trains being used to clear tracks. In four cases the train inspecting the line has hit a fallen tree. They are also dealing with a landslip in the New Forest area, and 130 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow airport. As of this morning at 8am 40,000 homes are without power. Forecasters said exposed coasts in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent could face the strongest winds. Gusts have been recorded at 90 mph out to sea—nowhere near the 115 recorded during the Great Storm of 1987. I experienced that one as well.
Although flood warnings are in place, our homes are safe on the upper slope of the hillside. When the heavy rain hits, I fully expect floodwater to cover the road at the junction below. Drains were already clogged with autumn leaves.
And, just maybe, the combined prayers of the inhabitants of our Great island.
Signing off from the United Kingdom. ~ Francene, who believes in the power of the mind and that an 'ant can move a rubber tree plant', from the Frank Sinatra song.