batten down the hatches. again.
If you live in Lower Saxony or anywhere in Germany for that matter, especially on the coast, cancel all your plans for this afternoon and evening because a storm warning has been issued. Hurricane Kyrill is on his way and will hit the North Sea coast first and then travel east, reaching speeds of up to 150km an hour, 200km in mountainous areas. This type of storm is pretty unusual in our area and it's supposedly going to be the worst one since Hurrican Jeanette in 2002.
Oh oh. I don't know if we're ready. This ain't Florida, you know.
Funny thing is that we already had a smaller hurricane last week. Franz was his name and he ripped through Hannover on Thursday causing quite a bit of damage.
It's not too windy here yet, but I just had a call from Boy10 to say that the whole school is being let out early so the kids will be home by noon. That's a relief. And Mr. M wisely took his car to work today instead of riding his bike as he usually does. The route he rides is very windy even on a good day and I don't relish the thought of having to pick up a damaged husband somewhere along the road. Knowing him he doesn't have his cell phone with him either.
The weather office is advising people not to go out at all later on today unless absolutely necessary and not to park their cars under trees or by the ocean. In Bavaria meteorologists issued a statement saying that skiing and walks in the woods are "not a good idea". Duh. But you know how it is here - if it's not strictly verboten, someone's going to go and do it, getting themselves injured or killed in the process.
Let's just hope that everyone is actually sensible enough to heed the warnings and stay inside until this blows over.