At 14:14, I was about to report that the storm seemed to have passed us by but at 14:15, suddenly the first gust came through, at around 50 knots – the big tree outside is bent over at the top and the plastic chairs in the yard really have fallen over. Yet there’s also bright sunshine and no rain.
Earlier today there were foreboding clouds and an eerie silence – there was meant to be driving rain before the storm proper.
Now I’m not sure what there’ll be. From what I can gather, the eye is meant to go north some distance from Ireland before we get caught in the circular winds going around it mid evening.