Thursday, January 18, 2007

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.


At January 18, 2007 12:39 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can' uni at 19.30 hrs and have to go to a radio station after that....and probably over to Frank's after that, too. Just hoping that I won't turn into some kind of Mary Poppins this evening. :-p

At January 18, 2007 12:49 p.m., Blogger charlotte said...

Good luck up north! Our hatches are battened and we are definitely not going to ballet today. I was stunned that our school had no plans, but I've now got everyone home safely and this is where we're staying. Keep safe.

At January 18, 2007 1:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so windy here today in Amsterdam. Trees are falling all over the city. There's one across the street/canal from my apartment. I hope a tree doesn't hit my building. Good luck in Germany!

At January 18, 2007 1:21 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far JUST rain and rain and RAIN ... as usual! Not a flutter in the trees at 1:18 PM Hamburg!


P.S. DO wish the geraniums and daisies I planted on the back balcony LAST MARCH would STOP blooming! They are nearing 1 year old, for heavens sake!DIE

At January 18, 2007 1:53 p.m., Blogger christina said...

elemm - You be careful out there, OK?

charlotte - It's extremely windy right now and I've tried to tie everything down that might fly through the air. The bad stuff isn't supposed to hit us until this evening so I can't say yet what will happen. You keep safe too!

James - I heard there were warnings for a lot of European countries. Hope you guys will be OK. It's really the trees that seem to be a danger, as well as the tiles falling off people's roofs.

Lee - Blowing up a storm here now at 1:50 p.m. And I've still got daisies and fuschias outside that have survived the winter. Very weird weather.

At January 18, 2007 2:17 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Flawridder, they tell us to park our cars with the engine part snug up against the house. Put the car in the yard in other words. I've never thought of Europe having hurricanes. Guess they don't make the news here. Take care.

At January 18, 2007 2:24 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betty - Thanks! Europe doesn't usually have bad hurricanes so people don't really know what to do and go driving around in their cars and get hit by trees and stuff. I think our cars will be OK where they are unless a big ol' tree decides to come down.

At January 18, 2007 2:46 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Stormy winds are picking up here, too, and it will get worse this evening. I've also taken the oleander really close to the house.

I also just read that a freighter sank just off the coast of Cornwall, UK. The 26 crew members made it safely into rafts, but the weather conditions are making it difficult for the coast guards to rescue them.

Take care.

At January 18, 2007 2:53 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm currently very worried about the big pine tree next to our apartment. When I went out to put the garbage cans and patio furniture in the garden shed it was making creaking noises that trees were not meant to make. But the people around here seem to be preparing at least.

At January 18, 2007 2:56 p.m., Anonymous Belinda said...

Reporting from the West sidddddde. Windy as all get out here and I live in a freakin' VALLEY fer cryin' out loud!

I've already been attacked by falling branches and I was no where near a tree.

occassional rain + this crazy wind = belinda at home watching movies with popcorn.

the rest of you take care!

At January 18, 2007 3:59 p.m., Blogger vailian said...

I am supposed to play "Barber of Seville" tonight... keep hoping they will call up to say it is cancelled and I can stay home and watch the OC California videos I bought on sale at Saturn. (he blushes to admit)

At January 18, 2007 4:20 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Wow! That explains why all of my trees are blowing sideways today then... How you're all safe and warm inside!

At January 18, 2007 5:09 p.m., Blogger In Actual Fact said...

I was about to tell you that it's already reached here but then the electricity cut out.
Obviously, it's working again now or I wouldn't be writing this, but that's because we've got a generator.

And another positive note: It's settled the perrenial family argument about "whether that tree needs to be cut down."

Have fun over there....

At January 18, 2007 5:14 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Wow! I feel sorry for you guys there, my cousin in Greifswald also reports horrible weather. We over here in Canada are prepared for bad stuff, although not hurricanes, we do get bad winds and ice storms... good safe..ciao

At January 18, 2007 6:36 p.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

So Franz is what I felt last week! I wondered about that. Geez, I've got to start watching television. At least the weather channel.

The storm just kicked in here approximately 30 minutes ago, and the wind is whipping the little forest behind my house into a frenzy. The trees are sitting a little too close for comfort and I hope since they're pines they'll be flexible enough to go with it and not end up on the roof.

The weather is something lately, eh? I just read on Yahoo News it's snowing and sleeting in both Texas and Miami, and here we are without a flake in sight. Well, at least the small, cold, crystal-shaped kind. ;)

At January 18, 2007 7:31 p.m., Anonymous That Queer Expatriate said...

It's windy in Weimar, and I think the Bahn has quit around here--I am happy to stay at home and snuggle up with a good book.

At January 18, 2007 9:03 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law phoned and was mentioned this was on its way. She is up north between Hamburg and Kiel.

We have also had some FREAKY weather in Seattle this winter! We had some 90 mile an hour winds a month or so ago which did a lot of damage. We all slept in the living room so that we could get out more easily if anything happened to the house. Then we had this crazy snow and ice for weeks. We hardly ever have snow and ice like that... and definitely not for so long. Many people were out of electricity for over a week!

I have to say... global warming anyone? We watched Al Gore's movie and wow, I have to say, this ain't no normal temperature fluctuations anymore! This direction things are heading is NOT good.

At January 19, 2007 5:35 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the trains stopped running last night. I only just made it to work. Hope they are running again this morning as I have go home :)

At January 19, 2007 9:45 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Christina: hehe, I rang the uni up last evening and it turned out that the lecture got cancelled. But I still had to go to the radio station...but as you can see, I'm still here. :-)

At January 21, 2007 5:47 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

While all this was happening, Christina, all I could think of was that my plane would not be able to leave at 10:30a the next day from Hannover to Paris. Believe it or not, while I was riding the train to the airport, there was actually some blue sky between the clouds and some sunny silver linings! It wasn't until I got to Newark, NJ, that the weather was affecting flights! Mine was cancelled to Atlanta but they put me up on another one a few minutes later. I did eventually end up at home, as you see. :)

Anyway, I fly back on Monday and hope things will be calmed down by then! In the meantime, stay warm!


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