Saturday, February 2, 2008

Early equinoctal gales?

SAR services in UK very busy with force 10 gales, which if I remember right, means 70-80mph winds. Meanwhile, at home, last night's ice is melting fast.

Havoc as gales and blizzards hit Britain

· Mission to save sailor abandoned in Atlantic
· Up to 6,000 homes affected by power cuts

Martin Wainwright and Aidan Jones
Saturday February 2, 2008
The Guardian

Mountainous seas are threatening to sink four stranded ships after a series of dramatic rescues saw more than 40 crew and passengers winched to safety or taken off in lifeboats as gales swept over Britain.
Salvage crews are losing hope of righting the stricken ferry Riverdance, which ran aground off Blackpool, and the trawler Spinning Dale, which is wedged on rocks in one of the country's most sensitive marine nature reserves off the Scottish island of St Kilda.

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