Storm, gale

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Storms and gales, winter storms

***** Location: Ireland, other Atlantic countries of Europe

***** Season: late autumn / early winter
***** Category: Heaven



In Ireland, storms, gales and hurricanes are a regular phenomenon of late autumn and winter. These are often the tail ends of the American ones, having crossed the Atlantic and regained force -- more recently, they seem to be increasing in frequency and strength, probably a sign of global warming.

Such strong winds in Ireland leave in their wake trees bent, broken and destroyed, flooding, impassable roads, major power failures, telephone cuts and costly damage to houses and farm buildings. Many commercial woodlands are criss-crossed with trees that failed to fall all the way in a hurricane, as they were held up by their neighbours. Such trees often adapt to their new positions and send new shoots upwards.

The storms are particularly strong in the Atlantic countries of Europe, where the North American hurricanes, after crossing the Atlantic, make first landfall and strike with all their force. Ireland, being most exposed, is hardest hit, but Britain also suffers at times, as do the Atlantic regions of France.

© Text and Photo, Isabelle Prondzynski, December 2006


Heavy rain and high winds batter Ireland

Heavy rain and extreme winds have wreaked havoc across the country today, with gales of over 120km/h (75mph) reported in some places.

The west and north of the country have borne the brunt of the squally showers and heavy rains.
Galway city and county was battered by a thunderstorm this afternoon, while coastal regions are being pounded by high swells and strong winds.

Some 20,000 people are without electricity today after high winds brought down power lines.
The ESB said the worst affected areas are in Cavan, Longford, Monaghan and parts of the Midlands.

Motorists have been advised not to travel unless strictly necessary. The Dublin Port Tunnel is closed due to an apparent electrical fault and Stena Line and Irish Ferries sailings were cancelled earlier today due to the adverse weather.

Tonight's planned New Year's Eve party at Belfast City Hall has also been called off due to worries over safety after high winds were forecast. Up to 10,000 people had been expected to line the streets outside City Hall to see stars including Tony Christie, soul singer Beverley Knight and rock band The Thrills.

Met √Čireann said the winds will ease this evening, although tonight will stay cold and windy, with clear spells and scattered heavy showers, with some hail or thunder possible.

New Year's Day is expected to turn cold with sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery. Sleet or snow is possible over high ground.

© 2006 http://www.ireland.com/


The next storm was only a few days away :

Storm causes power outages, disrupts travel
Mark Rodden and Alexandra Cochrane

Transport and other services were seriously disrupted yesterday as a result of stormy overnight conditions that continued into the morning.

Air and ferry services were curtailed, while thousands of Bank of Ireland customers were deprived of ATM and other card facilities due to power cuts caused by the bad weather.

Met √Čireann reported gusts of 140km/h (87mph) at Malin Head, Donegal, yesterday morning and a number of homes in the county were left without power for a time as the winds hampered repair work.

Dublin airport reported that domestic flights using small aircraft were worst affected by the weather. Aer Arann cancelled 14 flights at Galway, Cork, Dublin, Donegal and Kerry airports. Flights were running on schedule in the afternoon.

Conditions also forced Ryanair to cancel two flights to Bristol and Glasgow in the morning, with passengers being accommodated on later flights. Aer Lingus cancelled one flight to Heathrow after the weather also caused delays to their services. Passengers were accommodated later.

Irish Ferries's 9.30am Rosslare-Pembroke service was cancelled, which meant that there was no afternoon return journey.

Stena Line sailings on the Dublin to Holyhead route were cancelled, as were services from Rosslare to Fishguard. Services from Rosslare and Dublin Port were expected to resume yesterday evening.

In the North, more than 1,500 homes were left without electricity after gale force winds brought down power lines. Enniskillen, Omagh and Coleraine were the worst affected areas.

Bank of Ireland said the disruption to its services was down to a "serious ESB power outage" early yesterday that affected its systems. The outage hit the company's computer centre at Cabinteely in Dublin from about 6.30am yesterday, causing problems to its entire network and affecting branch, ATM and other card facilities.

© 2007 The Irish Times

Worldwide use

Wind in various kigo

Things found on the way


leaking roof --
not enough buckets for
this storm

stormy night --
the still scent of the
potted cyclamens

stormy morning --
trees, clouds and birds all speed
in the same direction

howling gales --
the kitchen door opened

... ... ...

storm damage --
the trees of our youth
grown old with us

© Photo and Haiku, Isabelle Prondzynski, 2006


bitter autumn storm_
the dogs stop barking
in the village

Tomislav Vujcic

sleepless night
of subtle noises
drifting leaves

Ali Miyazawa



midnight gale
distant typhoon shows
my existence

Reiko Nishimura

tub filled to the brim
typhoon passes

Sagami Matsuda



last night's gale--
incredibly quiet
this morning


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