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North Sea: Closed For Business

Bit wet and windy isn't it. But apparently it's a lot worse out at sea...

We have flood alerts all over the north and east of the country (estimated 9.5 foot storm surge possibly hitting the coasts), the Thames barrier has been closed as there expecting about a 5 foot storm surge up the Thames. Holland is on top alert with flood defences going into action. Germany and Denmark are expcting dire weather and many of the oil platforms in the North Sea and battoning down or evacuating which is expected to push up the price of oil beyond the high of $98/barrel it's already at!

My home town sounds like it could be under water by the morning if all goes badly. The joys of living next to the sea I guess.

Anyway, apparently the North Sea is seeing its worst storms in decades which has prompted all this raection.

I remember being on the Channel back in '87 and that seemed pretty bad - we weren't allowed on the deck of the ferry and all the doors were chained shut. For good reason to as the ferry was swaying from side to side so much due to the wind that all the windows were being completely submerged by water - both the side windows and the ones on the doors and higher! Our ferry was the last to leave France and we'd already been moved from one port that had closed because of bad weather. we really shouldn't have been at sea and ended up having to wait in the storms as it was too dangerous to approach Dover due to them - they were afriad the ferry would be pushed into the harbvour enterance if we tried to dock.

God knows what it's like out on the sea atm.

Fingers crossed for the storm and urges not causing too many problems!


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Nov. 9th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Eeek! Yet another reason to fear being in a tin can on top of deep water. I have an incredible fear of boats, ships, and water more than 2 metres deep, and it all seems so very sane right now. :)

The storms aren't a good thing to think about when one has just finished rereading Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn series.
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
The Flood Warning have been centred on Great Yarmouth, site of Speedfreaks festival! However it's at the top of hill so we should be alright (ringers crossed)
Nov. 9th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
I remember being on a boat from France to England like that!! I loved it!!! I was really young and I was naughty and climbed onto the top bunk, my dad didn't see and bent over to get something out of the drawers in the middle of the room and I got thrown onto his back and really hurt him! =S hehe I stumbled into some womans onion soup too =) Ahh one of my best memories =)
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