The storm passed through here earlier today and I can assure you it was every bit as bad as the forecast suggested. For once, I think, there is little hype in the reporting.
There was a five minute period when the wind was really intense and I feared something being smashed into a window.
It lifted a full recycling wheelie bin and dumped the contents in the garden and brought down an old tree.
I say this so anyone who is going to get this later knows that if, for example, the advice is not to go out then don't go out. This one is not 'elf 'n' safety gone mad.