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Just to let you all know that I survived Storm Ciara at the weekend, although apparently it caused seven deaths as it moved on across Europe. My only real problem was running into a flood on the road home from the 21st birthday celebration. By the time I saw the sign warning of the flood, I had already driven into it. I suspect the County Council had put the sign up on a dry part of the road, and the flood had deepened after it was erected. Deciding not to drive backwards back out of it, as I worried that the water might block the exhaust if I did, I drove very slowly, in first gear, the 200 yards or so to get through it. I passed two abandoned cars left in the flood on the other side of the road, and panicked twice when the lights dimmed and the engine stuttered, but fortunately the car kept going. A hairy few minutes; it was after dark and there was hardly any other traffic on the road. I thought I may have had to stay in the car until rescued if it had stalled...
And now I see the UK Met Office have issued a warning for Storm Dennis, which is expected to bring more heavy rain and strong winds at the weekend. They do say that it shouldn't be as strong as Storm Ciara. Fingers crossed it isn't, but these storms do seem to be getting more frequent and much stronger in recent years...