Doris heads for the continent leaving tree surgeons to work overtime
Colnbrook was spared the worst of Doris but there were reports of trees down blocking roads in Wraysbury, Horton, Iver, Upton, Wexham, Taplow, and Farnham Common.
Well, we survived. Phew. Storm Doris has moved on to wreak havoc in Germany and Poland, replaced with a welcome sunshine break – not that it is expected to last long.
With there were reports of trees down across Slough, South Bucks and Windsor, Colnbrook was unusually fortunate. However, the route from Staines to Wraysbury was closed for some time and fallen trees blocked the road between Colnbrook and Horton.
In Lascelles Road, near Upton Court Grammar, a tree crashed through the windscreen of a parked car. Khalsa Primary School on Wexham Road was closed after fallen trees brought a fence down and landed on the school’s playground. In Farnham Common the fire brigade were called out when a tree fell through the roof of a house.
Bucks, as predicted, took the brunt of the storm locally, sharing an Amber Met Office warning with a swathe of the Midlands. By 5pm the county council had reported that it had already had to deal with over 50 fallen trees blocking roads in the Chiltern and South Bucks area alone, plus 22 in High Wycombe and 18 in Aylesbury. Two crews were extended to continue the clean up throughout the evening.
In addition to trees and fence panels brought down, so were a number of power lines across the county. Nobody was hurt.
Heathrow cancelled 74 flights in total, but a further 326 flights were delayed.
The Met Office forecasts an unsettled picture for the next few weeks as further weather systems affect the UK from the Atlantic. Watch out for a Storm Ewan.
“Frontal systems will cross the UK, bringing cloudy and wet weather at times. The changeable Atlantic influence is expected to remain in place through early March, with strong winds and rain at times and possibly gales.
“In between frontal systems, there is likely to be some spells of drier and brighter weather”.
So there’s something.