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howham
Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:02:04 PM
Power just back on here after going off at 5.45pm yesterday...nearly 29 hours! Not fun with a toddler.


RobR
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Sunday, November 28, 2021 2:14:22 AM
Seems like power outages are a problem locally in Cheshire's rural villages and there was a set of rural traffic lights out today whilst driving. With a south facing home, it meant the garden was sheltered from the wind but the front of the house was being battered.

An interesting storm and one we were probably well overdue.
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CreweCold
Sunday, November 28, 2021 3:58:41 AM

The biggest continuous 'roar' I've heard since Feb 2014 here. Was a wild night with trees felled around the area, fences blown down, roof tiles smashed on the pavements and bits of mortar fallen from houses. Also a sign had been uprooted on a roundabout in town. 


Power went out briefly about 3am.


No idea what peak gusts were but I'd imagine 65-70mph to cause some of the damage seen.



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doctormog
Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:23:15 AM

Power just back on here after going off at 5.45pm yesterday...nearly 29 hours! Not fun with a toddler.


Originally Posted by: howham 


Ouch. Glad it’s back now.


 


Places like Huntly and Torphins have no water as a result of the storm, and many many other places around the NE are still without electricity. Barely a mention in the media though. 

The number of trees and power lines down is remarkable.


 


snow 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:41:40 AM
Driving through the Peak forest last night and they are still without power. No mobile signal either as the local phone mast has exhausted its backup battery I presume.

Hope they are ok as it was bitterly cold their last night. A very notable storm for sure.
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glenogle
Sunday, November 28, 2021 5:47:11 PM

Power just back on here after going off at 5.45pm yesterday...nearly 29 hours! Not fun with a toddler.


Originally Posted by: howham 


Lucky you, we got to about 38hrs I think, thankfully didn't need to slum it under torchlight for a 3rd night. Mobile networks are still down though, which must be making the repair coordination a nightmare.


I see lots of outages still in the ne in particular, so a fair few are going to be into 3 or 4 days without power and some sse ops will be getting towards similar without a decent break or sleep.


For here, it is one of the most prolonged storms I've felt in many years, as others have said, the 4 or 5hr duration of peak winds was a significant characteristic.


Hundreds of trees down around here and plenty issues with powerlines, which I'm sure will take weeks to fully repair.


Oh and a wee bit snow to top it off.


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doctormog
Sunday, November 28, 2021 5:52:47 PM
Seemingly all Aberdeenshire schools are closed for the next two days as a result of ongoing power outages etc.
Crepuscular Ray
Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:08:26 PM
I think COVID news is masking the fact that thousands in several different regions are without power for a 3rd night in a cold spell! Imagine if that was happening in London!
Jerry
Edinburgh, in the frost hollow below Blackford Hill
doctormog
Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:12:16 PM

I think COVID news is masking the fact that thousands in several different regions are without power for a 3rd night in a cold spell! Imagine if that was happening in London!

Originally Posted by: Crepuscular Ray 


Yes, it looks like it. Some towns and villages In the NE Scotland have been told that the aim is to have their power restored by 10pm tomorrow or in some cases midday on Tuesday.


howham
Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:43:52 PM

Ours went back off for over 2 hours this afternoon...


Additionally some people are without water.  

RobN
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Sunday, November 28, 2021 8:19:44 PM

I think COVID news is masking the fact that thousands in several different regions are without power for a 3rd night in a cold spell! Imagine if that was happening in London!

Originally Posted by: Crepuscular Ray 


On the BBC website national news the severe weather situation report is tempered with "delight"


Snow brings disruption - and delight


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-59452499


You have to go to the regional pages to get closer the real picture


Storm Arwen: Thousands across England remain without power


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-59450984


 


Rob
In the flatlands of South Cambridgeshire 15m ASL.
Viking3
Monday, November 29, 2021 4:11:18 AM
Power just back on here in Aboyne after nearly 60 hours!

Pretty miserable with even our modern house like an icebox now, as snow has lain since Friday night.

Life just ground to a halt - no mobile phones nor landlines, no heating - nothing. Local shops including the Co-op supermarket were closed so no way to top up dwindling food supplies - we are sick of cold sandwiches! And of course all the food in the freezer has defrosted and will have to be discarded.

At least I could keep the beers cold out the back door in the snow....
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Bagfish
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:35:46 PM
Power went off again in many places around Kendal in South Lakes this afternoon and is not expected to be back until 4pm Thursday. It looks like there has been a major failure somewhere. Some people only had their power restored yesterday evening. Its getting really serious and possibly life threatening for so many people.

As Crepuscular Ray says, imagine if this was happening in London, COBRA would be meeting it would be headline news and the army would be brought in.
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Gandalf The White
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:30:59 PM

Power went off again in many places around Kendal in South Lakes this afternoon and is not expected to be back until 4pm Thursday. It looks like there has been a major failure somewhere. Some people only had their power restored yesterday evening. Its getting really serious and possibly life threatening for so many people.

As Crepuscular Ray says, imagine if this was happening in London, COBRA would be meeting it would be headline news and the army would be brought in.

Originally Posted by: Bagfish 


Hi Kate


 


That’s not good. I hope you and your neighbours can cope.


There was a news item about people in Aberdeenshire being without power for, I think, 5 days now - but no mention of continuing issues elsewhere.


We had a power outage for 9 hours last Monday and that was a nightmare, with no heating and no means of making a hot drink. Apparently we’d been running off a stand-by generator because they had been replacing some power lines and it failed; twice.  But that was only 9 hours; I can’t imagine being without for days.


 


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DEW
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Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7:13:20 AM

For comparison, in Oct 1987 after the Great Storm, in mid-Kent (only 50 miles from Westminster) we were without water for 2 days and without power for 4. But that was much more easily survivable because it was mild - it must be really grim with temps below freezing. I don't remember COBRA meetings but of course we couldn't receive TV and radio, battery-operated systems being much less common then. 


Moral is that even UK weather can be violent and with a widespread emergency like Arwen and the Great Storm, you need to count on being self-sufficient for 4 or 5 days. There's just too much to do for instant restoration of services to everyone.


(incidentally, we also had a tree on top of the house, both my wrists in plaster after M/C accident, and Rhoda with an eyepatch after an operation - things go in threes, they say)


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Ally Pally Snowman
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7:45:41 AM

I grew up in West Sussex and was 8 in 1987 and after the Hurricane we didn't have power for a week. As an 8 year old boy it was quite exciting but I remember my parents being thoroughly pi#sed off by the end. 


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Bagfish
Friday, December 3, 2021 9:28:31 PM


 


Hi Kate


 


That’s not good. I hope you and your neighbours can cope.


There was a news item about people in Aberdeenshire being without power for, I think, 5 days now - but no mention of continuing issues elsewhere.


We had a power outage for 9 hours last Monday and that was a nightmare, with no heating and no means of making a hot drink. Apparently we’d been running off a stand-by generator because they had been replacing some power lines and it failed; twice.  But that was only 9 hours; I can’t imagine being without for days.


 


Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 


 


Friends of mine near Kendal are still without power for the 8th night. They are pretty self sufficient and have a generator and solar panels, but the genny won't run the cooker or the air source heat pump, so they are getting pretty desperate. They have three small sons at home too as the primary school is shut because it also has no power.


 


Meanwhile we have had intermittent power cuts and surges which appears to have b*ggered our air source heat pump. So the house is absolutely freezing. 


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Gandalf The White
Friday, December 3, 2021 9:46:34 PM


 


 


Friends of mine near Kendal are still without power for the 8th night. They are pretty self sufficient and have a generator and solar panels, but the genny won't run the cooker or the air source heat pump, so they are getting pretty desperate. They have three small sons at home too as the primary school is shut because it also has no power.


 


Meanwhile we have had intermittent power cuts and surges which appears to have b*ggered our air source heat pump. So the house is absolutely freezing. 


Originally Posted by: Bagfish 



That’s dreadful.  I hope you can get it fixed quickly - and then make a claim on the power company.  I know it’s difficult for them when masses of poles and lines are down but an unreliable power supply is woeful.  As for a week without any power; that is beyond awful.


 


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Brian Gaze
Friday, December 3, 2021 10:09:39 PM


 



That’s dreadful.  I hope you can get it fixed quickly - and then make a claim on the power company.  I know it’s difficult for them when masses of poles and lines are down but an unreliable power supply is woeful.  As for a week without any power; that is beyond awful.


 


Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 


There was a report on LBC this morning saying they hope to reconnect everyone by Christmas. I was astonished TBH.


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