Storm Warning: Brace yourselves

Danger comes to Cambridge – and we’re not talking Saturday night Spoons – something windy this way comes

Batten the hatches, lock all the doors and stay inside – the biggest storm in years is due to hit Cambridge on Monday morning.

The storm, dubbed the ‘St Judes day Storm’ after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes (those with essays due will epathise), is predicted to hit Cambridge tomorrow.

With predicted wind-speeds of above 70mph, the bubble will be no protection against the potential damage to trees and buildings in the region.

As well as some of the strongest winds in years, the Met office warned of potential flooding from the persistent and heavy rainfall which could affect transport and power links – leaving many Cantabs unable to leave their rooms for lectures/Sainsburys.

“I can’t thank St Judes enough for being on a Monday” said one Selwyn PPS student. “The only half decent night life is Spoons. And I hate Spoons.”

Eddy Carroll, the Met Office’s chief forecaster, said: “This storm doesn’t exist at the moment, but our forecasts models predict it is likely to develop in the West Atlantic on Saturday. Then it’s likely to rapidly intensify just west of the UK late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday.

Time to bunker down

Time to bunker down

“There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, bringing impacts elsewhere in northern Europe, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption.

“With that in mind, people should keep up to date with and act on the advice in our forecasts and warnings as the situation develops.”

With a yellow weather warning being issued for Southern England and Wales on Monday, the Met Office has called for people to stay aware.  Some colleges have already taken precautions, Murray Edwards warning students that, in the case of a serious storm,  red and white tape will be placed across the path between the Library and Canning and Eliza Building and should not be crossed.

The Tab can only beg that we all take time to think of those most affected by the coming storm. For, to keen lecture goers and boaties alike, the coming storm is truly a tragic event. Also, be careful of falling trees.

Between storms on Monday and strikes on Thursday, for everyone else that’s two days you can now legitimately skip.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a man in a baggy jumper explaining it all:

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