Worst Storm of the Year hit Southern England

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最大風速100mph(45m/s)を記録した、今年最強のStorm(嵐・暴風)がイギリス南部を襲った。豪雨による洪水や雷、建物・民家の損傷なども各地で報告されており、多くのフェリー便は欠航、鉄道も遅れやキャンセルが出ている。雨が少なく比較的温暖だった今年の秋だが、これを境に変化するそうだ。

内陸部のロンドンでも最大風速70mph(31.5m/s)を記録、家の中にいても、ビュービューと風の音が聞こえてくる。うちのアパートは、以前倉庫だか何だか、産業施設だった建物を改造したもので、床から天井まである窓から、すきま風が少し漏れてくる。イギリスでは冬場にGale(強風,疾風)の日が多く、今日は最高気温が14度程度と、それほど低くなかったので良かったけれど、寒い日はかなり辛い。先ほど外出した際は、落ち葉や折れた枝、段ボール、ゴミなどが至る所に散乱。自転車だったので、向かい風にあたると必死でペダルをこいでも全然前に進まない。飛んで来た物が当たって怪我なんかしたくないので、今日は早々に帰宅。安全な家の中から、外の劇的な様子を眺めている。

The strongest storm in this year attacked Southern part of England and Wales today. Gale-force winds and heavy rain have brought flooding and damages including bringing down trees and branches, and delays and cancellation of the trains and ferries are reported. It is said that the first half of the autumn was unseasonably mild and pretty dry but that’s all changed now.

The winds reached a “rare” 70mph inland in London, and I have been constantly hearing the strong wind while I am at home. Our apartment building is a former industrial warehouse and the wind come inside a little bit through the large floor-to-ceiling windows. Today is rather mild and the highest temperature was around 14°C, but Gale is seen quite often in the winter in London, and it could be quite cold when the temperature is low and strong wind blows. I had to go through a mess of fallen leaves, broken branches, cardboards, and trashes scattered all over when I went out earlier. I went out with my bike, I couldn’t barely move forward with headwinds, no matter how hard I pedaled. I didn’t want to get hurt with flying objects and came back as soon as possible. Now I am in my safe space and looking pretty dramatic sight outside.

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