This month marks the 30th anniversary of the violent extratropical cyclone, popularly known as the Great Storm of 1987, when hurricane-force winds ravaged England. The highest gust in the UK, recorded at Shoreham-by-Sea, reached 100 knots (190 km/hr; 120 mph). The storm resulted in 18 fatalities and widespread destruction and disruption from the blowing down of an estimated 15 million trees.
While that terrifying intensity remains unmatched, recent Hurricane Ophelia left a wake of destruction across Ireland and Scotland from gusts reaching 70-77 mph. This included the collapse of a stadium roof at Cork and significant structural damage to many buildings in Glasgow.
Although the disruption was not as bad as initially feared, Storm Brian, which struck the UK coast with gale-force winds reaching 78–84 mph on Saturday 21st October, still caused cancellations on some railway journeys with fallen trees and other debris on tracks.
The bad news is more storms are coming to Britain this autumn and winter; a record breaking 13 in total reports The Mirror. Despite their unassuming storm names, Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor, Fionn, Georgina, Hector, Iona, James, Karen, Larry and Maeve are all predicted to blast Britain with high winds and heavy rain.
AccuWeather, the International meteorology group, have warned the spell of bad weather could bring 120mph winds. Forecaster Tyler Roys said: “Many places will see 50-80mph gusts, with some coasts seeing gusts up to 100mph, and we may see well over 100mph on higher ground.”
Are you prepared? If you have recently been the unfortunate victim of storm damage, anticipate your existing build may not weather the next gusts or simply interested in investing in a cost-effective shelter capable of resisting the strongest winds, now may be a good time to consider your options.
At Streetspace Urban Structures our experienced team of specialists take pride in their intelligent designs for covered outdoor space; factoring in the stresses and strains that highly-volatile weather can inflict. The durability and longevity of tensile membrane structures is well established. Our ORION™ tensile membrane designs are engineered to offer incredible durability while its lightweight nature requires less structural steel in its construction. The result is an attractive but sturdy canopy with clear spans of column-free space and added benefits including excellent acoustics and reduced noise.
Take a look at the many diverse canopy projects we have undertaken over our 20 year history and if you think we can help you cover your shelter needs and keep Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor, Fionn, Georgina, Hector, Iona, James, Karen, Larry and Maeve at bay, please get in contact.