By an unpleasant coincidence, something nasty is passing to the north and west of us at the moment. Conditions outside have been variable today; I managed to walk a mile up the road against the wind mid-afternoon, but was exhausted at the end of it. Getting back would have been literally effortless if I had kept and used my old skateboard. As this is the third one of our hurricane season, I am labelling it "Chrisetta".
The pressure at the centre of the storm is 947 millibars. That's seriously low, and I hope very much that there are no fishing or other small boats out in that.
The met office have released the following storm warning:
THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE, ON BEHALF OF
THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY, AT 1725 ON TUESDAY
10 JANUARY 2006.
HEBRIDES BAILEY FAIR ISLE FAEROES
SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST SEVERE GALE 9 TO VIOLENT STORM 11,
INCREASING HURRICANE FORCE 12 FOR A TIME, THEN VEERING WEST
7 TO SEVERE GALE 9. SQUALLY SHOWERS. MODERATE OR POOR.