Quite a frightening day here in Maidencombe Tuesday as severe gale force winds hit throughout the day and evening, bringing down small trees and branches around the combe. Wheelie bins were sent careering across the lanes and Brim Hill was blocked for a time with large branches coming down late evening.
Wind noise was severe with several gusts in excess of 60 mph. Of course the most destructive weather system to hit Maidencombe in the past 50 years was the Great Storm of 1987. I can still vividly recall the wind screeching and the large fir tree opposite my bungalow falling while I was outside in the garden trying to anchor the porch which was lifting off the ground. A colleague and friend, Jurgen, lost his life a short distance away when he was hit by a falling tree at about the same time.
A welcome lull in the wind for now but more gales are due to sweep in shortly.