hits Southern England
Four people were killed as violent hurricane-force gales rampaged
across Britain on Monday 28th Oct, leaving hundreds of thousands
of homes and businesses without power and millions of rail
Gusting at nearly 100mph, the storm uprooted or ripped apart
hundreds of trees and flung them onto train tracks, roads
and electricity lines, causing chaos throughout southern England.
Rail operators halted nearly every service from the Home Counties
into London during the morning rush hour, blaming the need
to clear debris from the lines.
The UK Met
Office predicted this storm many days in advance, as they
watched it speed towards the UK from the USA Eastern seaboard
The St Judes Day storm, named after the patron saint
of lost causes, was the worst gale to hit the UK in more than
How did it
effect Bures ?
It was forecast to hit East Anglia during the early hours
of Sunday morning but by 7.00am nothing had occurred apart
from light winds and rain, nothing out of the ordinary.
By 0800 the winds increased
slightly with 100 % cloud coverage and still raining. However
by approximately by 0830 the clouds gave way to a clear blue
sky, although there were storm clouds approaching many miles
away from the west.
Within minutes a magnificent
rainbow appeared with a 180deg arc filling the sky.
This seemed rather odd, as there was a clear blue sky with
no rain or clouds.
A few moments later the wind
speed increased rapidly to such an extent trees were ripped
of their leaves and seemed to be bending at a precarious angle.
This carried on for about 30mins, when a weather front/cloud
base approached from the west which gradually phased out the
rainbow as it passed overhead.
At this time the winds subsided
to a very low level.
The destruction in that 30 minutes
was massive, as the weather front tore through the village,
According to Power Networks
( the UK overhead power distribution company) we were one
of the worst hit for cable damage caused by falling trees
The entire community lost their supply during the storm on
Monday between 0830 and 0900hrs due to falling trees bringing
down wires and even poles.
The supply was gradually restored from Wednesday afternoon
with the remaining by late Thursday evening.
Power Networks drafted in engineers
from all over the UK to assist in the restoration work in
By Monday evening a team of engineers had driven down from
Stoke on Trent to specifically deal with the massive problems
They worked each day installing new poles, clearing tree debris
and then restoring the power lines which had broken
From Monday they worked non stop every evening until 2300hrs,
then returning early the next day to continue the relentless
work of trying to restore power.
Sadly, from my own observations a minority of local residents
were very hostile towards the engineers, demanding priority
that their supply should be reconnected immediately.
A sad reflection of the community, from those who seemed to
have no understanding of the work involved.
However if you look at the album
you will see first hand the devastation caused by the wind.
I think the last part of the village to be restored was Cuckoo
Hill, Friends Field and the High Street. This delay, according
to Power Networks was because the power lines feeding this section
was the subject of 5 individual tree damage faults.
Power Networks should be given credit in drafting in a dedicated
team from Stoke, in order to restore the Bures supply as quickly
Saturday, five days after the storm you can hear the relentless
drone of chain saws still clearing tree debris
Photographic Album Part 1
(Clicket Hill, Sudbury Rd, Colchester Rd areas)
Photographic Album Part 2
(Millennium Bridge and along the Stour)
Images by Alan Beales