19 Jan. 12h04. We were very lucky. The worst of the storm seems to have missed southwest Germany and those in the north suffered worse. In our town, there are some trees down, but no-one seems to have been injured. I managed to have a decent night’s sleep and so did my children, but apparently not all the neighbours did – they lay awake hoping their trees would stay standing. Today is windy, but we think the storm has blown itself out. We have to give our thoughts to those whose families were on the road, like Lilalia, and hope, for their sake, that everyone is safely home.
11.03pm. Things have gone quiet. I think it’s time for bed. Not sure if this is the eye of the storm – see I read my websites, I know my storm lingo – or if it’s really over.
9.30pm. It seems like we have a bad storm rather than a hurricane. But wind sounds worse when you can’t see it and it’s pitch-black outside. The blinds are rattling and the storm is raging. There is that unnerving undercurrent as it ebbs and flows, and I try really hard not to think about the very tall tree three metres from my bedroom window.
2pm. Storm Update:
Got the lambs home and fed. Cancelled ballet. Storm damage thus far: lid blown off the green recycling bin and a few branches decorating the lawn. Trees are bending alarmingly, but nothing flying through the air. Yet.
10am-ish. Germany’s expecting a hurricane this afternoon. Orkan Kyrill. I’ve had no experience of Unwetter in my life, so I’m a little nervous. (Complete understatement: I’m absolutely freaking out, but I’m trying to behave like a grown-up.) I’ve put away all the toys littering the garden, tried my best to secure the plastic tables, and put everything I can carry in the cellar. I’ve phoned the school – they have no plan. Kindergarten neither. The worst of the storm is expected this afternoon, so I hope to get all my little lambs safely tucked in at home before it happens.
I’ve been keeping my eye on the TV – no tips what do to do if things get bad. Just an old Wetter-Philosoph telling us that this storm will mean the return of winter. On Monday. Apparently. Thank goodness for US websites. I know that I must put our blinds down, and keep to the centre of the house, away from glass doors, of which we have four. We need to have lots of food and a tank full of petrol. Check. Check.
Perhaps I’m over-reacting. Let’s see. I’ll post an update later.