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Stranded!

I can't get home.

A southwester has hit the coastal provinces, and all traffic has ground to a halt. All trains have been stopped, all stations closed by order of the police; and car owners been strongly advised to avoid the motorways for the next few hours.

The storm outside's horrendous. A colleague has just found out that all the windows in his house have caved in. I was offered a lift to The Hague, but now it's been withdrawn, and I don't know how or if I'll get home.

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cheesygirl
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ack! Stay safe!
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Cheers! I'll certainly try to!
laura_isaac
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Eep! Good luck! Hope you are okay and that you stay safe. The winds are like it here, really strong - I nearly got knocked on my arse about 4 times walking to and from uni.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Your 'Good luck!' had the desired effect: I'm home safely now. Thanks!
laura_isaac
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad :D

You're welcome *snuggles*
scatterheart
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
*clings* It's bad even here (storm, torrents of rain, thunder and lightning, eek!) and we just got a normal storm warning - can't even imagine what it must be like in the west right now! I've heard two people have already died in the Netherlands.

Stay safe!
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's a force 11 gale here at the moment, winds up to 135 km per hour. I didn't know that when I decided that come hell or high water, I was going home.

I made it home safely, though -- took me nearly 4 hours, but I'm here now. ;-)
scatterheart
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Good to know you're safe now! :)
xionin
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
oh no! be safe, sweetie. *hugs*
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I made it home, all in one piece, and am looking forward to going to sleep in my own bed rather than roughing it as thousands of stranded commuters are having to do tonight.
__kali__
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it'll blow itself out in a couple of hours. :(
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
They expect it will still last throughout most of the night, but it should have died down by morning; and then we'll have to wait and see how long it'll take the trains to get up and running again. Maybe they won't be - then I'll have an excuse to take a day off ;-)
married_n_mich
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Dang! Keep yourself safe. That's the most important.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Home safe, now!
married_n_mich
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Great!
frimfram
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Eep - hang in there.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
Made it home without too much hassle -- really, this storm's a bit of a disappointment.
bogwitch
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
What an awful place to be stuck! It's never the other way round, is it?
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't, and that is so unfair!
deborahw37
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
oh no! Stay safe

I t just took me over two hours to get home ( it's a 40 minute trip) because all of my main routes were blocked by fallen trees or lorries which have blown over.

Better to stay where you are and be safe however horrid it is to have to stay at work .
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Stay at work? I thought about it for 5 seconds, then decided I'd rather take my chances, and made it home through sheer luck and determination.

It's dark now, but I dread to think what the streets and countryside will look like in the morning when it's light. There's some very creepy, creaky noises going on outside...
enigmaticblues
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Good luck getting home!
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I made it!

::breathes sigh of relief::
anonypooh
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
stranded in the office - ultimate nightmare!!! I hope you all made the best of it and stayed safe! ..And the fact you replied to only one comment here means you all went off and had an impromptu party?

It's been a crazy day here to a lesser extent - had to circumnavigate a downed tree this morning, then an unmarked car recovered into the police garage this afternoon had had one fall on the bonnet(lucky driver - it didn't come through her windscreen!)

I definitely drove home with one eye on the road and the other on the branches overhead. Very scary.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Well, they say that where there's a will, there's a way; and so I'm replying to your comment from the relative warmth and safety of my own bedroom!

It took some doing getting here, but I'm home, I'm safe, and I'll worry about how to get to work again in the morning!

I definitely drove home with one eye on the road and the other on the branches overhead. Very scary.

I can imagine. I saw the news just now: 5 people have died from trees hitting their cars today (and 1 got blown into the sea).
curiouswombat
Jan. 19th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
It blew over here earlier. Fortunately we have storms so often that they just stop the boats, use single decker buses, and most of the rooves stay on, and most of the trees don't fall over - just four or five that I've heard of. My grandfather always said that because we have so many storms there were only ever a few trees left with weak roots that didn't fall down last time!

Glad you made it home safely though - winds like that are no laughing matter.
gamiila
Jan. 19th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Autumn and spring are usually our stormy seasons, but most gales don't reach 11 on the Beaufort scale and if they do, they usually pass by quickly. Yesterday's was unusual in that it hit in the afternoon and then stayed put until the early hours of this morning.

It's still too dark out to be able to see if there is any damage, but I think that here in my street at least, the storm didn't leave much of a trail; just some broken branches and displaced garden furniture.
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