I woke this morning expecting the much forecast Storm Ciara to be battering the windows and rattling the roof tiles, fortunately it was fairly quiet so I briefly imagined that it wasn’t going to be too bad. Wrong, apparently it has been the worst storm for almost a decade.
The overnight rain must have been torrential, it was shocking to look down onto our town and see how much the River Wharfe had risen bursting out beyond the rugby club. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lido under water. In many parts of our region homes and businesses are flooded again.
Mr FF and I risked a short walk out this afternoon for the newspaper, for a while the rain stopped and there was blue sky. Water was pouring off the moors, drains were unable to cope and streets had turned to rivers, in fact roads in and out of town are closed, there are no trains or buses and shops closed early.
Now it’s dark, the rain is pouring down again and the wind has started gusting, the effect exaggerated for us up on the third floor. The storm is due to continue through the evening, keep safe.