Gales cause chaos around the town

This Is Wiltshire: A shopper braves the wet and windy weather in Swindon Town Centre A shopper braves the wet and windy weather in Swindon Town Centre

HEAVY showers and gale force winds continued to wreak havoc in Swindon yesterday.

Wiltshire police received a number of weather related calls throughout Tuesday night and well into yesterday afternoon after trees, traffic lights and canopies suffered in the strong winds.

At 11pm on Tuesday, officers were called to Fox Hill after a tree came down outside The Burj Indian restaurant, posing a danger to motorists.

At 9.42am yesterday, police received reports that traffic lights on Thamesdown Drive had come down due to the winds. Swindon Council staff made the scene safe.

At 10am branches were reported across the A419 near Cricklade, and at 11.42am a tree came down on the southbound carriageway of the A419. It is not thought anybody was hurt in the incident.

At 11.30am, officers were called to Stone Lane in Lydiard Millicent after another fallen tree blocked the road for drivers. A fire crew was called to Kidz About on Mead Way on Tuesday morning shortly before 11am because of the high winds. A lighting canopy above the entrance hall was hanging dangerously after being dislodged by the gusts.

The aerial appliance from Drove Road was also called later to help deal with the problem as the height of 8 metres was considered too dangerous to use ladders.

The bad weather is set to last into the weekend with the Met Office maintaining a weather warning over the town until Saturday.

While today is due to be sunnier, heavy rain and high winds are set to hit the town during the night, with gusts of up to 50mph and up to 25mm of rain forecasted.

This pattern is set to continue into Saturday, with the weather warning upgrading to ‘Be Prepared’ before it eases on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Met Office warned people to take care over the next few days.

She said: “Rainfall has become a big issue but over the next few days the wind is going to become a big factor, so we would ask people to take care.

“We would ask people to only make their journey if they have to and to keep an eye on the forecast as the weather warning could be upgraded over the coming days.”

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8:40am Thu 6 Feb 14

swindondad says...

CHAOS!

Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers.

Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary?

CHAOS noun
1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
CHAOS! Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers. Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary? CHAOS noun 1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order. swindondad

9:14am Thu 6 Feb 14

PJC says...

It was a bit windy & I got slightly wet........aaaaarghh
h! The sky is falling!!!!
It was a bit windy & I got slightly wet........aaaaarghh h! The sky is falling!!!! PJC

9:20am Thu 6 Feb 14

benzss says...

Just going to stick my neck out and point out that it's February
Just going to stick my neck out and point out that it's February benzss

10:05am Thu 6 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

benzss wrote:
Just going to stick my neck out and point out that it's February
Not only that, we've had one of the mildest winters on record. It's only dropped below freezing (just) on about two occasions and we're almost a quarter of the way through February already.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Just going to stick my neck out and point out that it's February[/p][/quote]Not only that, we've had one of the mildest winters on record. It's only dropped below freezing (just) on about two occasions and we're almost a quarter of the way through February already. ChannelX

11:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

Yes Swindon have been lucky this time, not so Somerset and the South West coast, now those situations really are chaos.
Yes Swindon have been lucky this time, not so Somerset and the South West coast, now those situations really are chaos. RichardR1

12:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

semitonic says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Yes Swindon have been lucky this time, not so Somerset and the South West coast, now those situations really are chaos.
You should know Robbo, did you get a job in Plymouth's B&Q in the end?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Yes Swindon have been lucky this time, not so Somerset and the South West coast, now those situations really are chaos.[/p][/quote]You should know Robbo, did you get a job in Plymouth's B&Q in the end? semitonic

12:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

God you lot are a sad bunch of losers, who cares what you think? Bunch of pseudo intellectual numpties.
God you lot are a sad bunch of losers, who cares what you think? Bunch of pseudo intellectual numpties. mrwoo

1:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

"wreak havoc" really? Imagine what they would say if something serious did actually happen. So its been a bit wet and windy in Swindon, I think we have been pretty lucky really.
"wreak havoc" really? Imagine what they would say if something serious did actually happen. So its been a bit wet and windy in Swindon, I think we have been pretty lucky really. house on the hill

1:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

benzss says...

mrwoo wrote:
God you lot are a sad bunch of losers, who cares what you think? Bunch of pseudo intellectual numpties.
You started it
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: God you lot are a sad bunch of losers, who cares what you think? Bunch of pseudo intellectual numpties.[/p][/quote]You started it benzss

4:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

SAM2WIN says...

swindondad wrote:
CHAOS!

Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers.

Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary?

CHAOS noun
1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
" Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary?"
Perhaps they use the same one that you use .
I understood that a MANOR is a type of building .
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: CHAOS! Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers. Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary? CHAOS noun 1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.[/p][/quote]" Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary?" Perhaps they use the same one that you use . I understood that a MANOR is a type of building . SAM2WIN

5:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PJC says...

house on the hill wrote:
"wreak havoc" really? Imagine what they would say if something serious did actually happen. So its been a bit wet and windy in Swindon, I think we have been pretty lucky really.
Knowing the usual standards of English, it may have even 'Reeked a haversack'! (Those leftover packed lunches are a nightmare!)
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: "wreak havoc" really? Imagine what they would say if something serious did actually happen. So its been a bit wet and windy in Swindon, I think we have been pretty lucky really.[/p][/quote]Knowing the usual standards of English, it may have even 'Reeked a haversack'! (Those leftover packed lunches are a nightmare!) PJC

6:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

semitonic and there was me thinking the inmates had left the asylum.
semitonic and there was me thinking the inmates had left the asylum. RichardR1

10:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

swindondad wrote:
CHAOS!

Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers.

Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary?

CHAOS noun
1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
Manor - a large house usually in a country location.

Manner - the way people conduct themselves when speaking or addressing another person.

Are you familiar with the expression "pot, kettle and black"?
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: CHAOS! Hardly just a few minor incidences that were dealt with in a safe timely manor by the fire service and / or maintenance workers. Does the Adver office not have access to a dictionary? CHAOS noun 1. a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.[/p][/quote]Manor - a large house usually in a country location. Manner - the way people conduct themselves when speaking or addressing another person. Are you familiar with the expression "pot, kettle and black"? The Jockster

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