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Topic Title: Storm Surge
Topic Summary: Worst UK storm surge since 1953, and coastal flooding.
Created On: 05 December 2013 10:33 PM
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 05 December 2013 10:33 PM
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anguswm

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Much of today's UK news has been focused on the predicted and actual worst storm surge since 1953, affecting much of the eastern and southern seaboards. Thousands of people have been evacuated, and many homes and businesses flooded, not only in coastal towns but also along some of our major rivers. Nothing though has been reported about the effects on coastal power stations, particularly the nuclear sites, such as Sizewell, Dungeness, etc. Nor has anything been reported about the the effects of the extreme winds and sea states on coastal wind turbines. Has anyone heard anything?
 06 December 2013 12:08 AM
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kengreen

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surely this is something of a non-question? The Japanese disaster was caused by tsunami.

The "... First windfarm in the UK..." Is within sight of my windows. The major disadvantage of these monstrosities is that they don't start to move until the wind speed reaches around (I think it is) 15m.p.h. and even thenthey can't be synchronised to the grid. At the other end of the scale they have to be shut down when the wind speed reaches 50 mph or they indulge in the sport of self-destruction. Even while the farm at Deli was being built one of the devices was taken out by lightning stroke.

They certainly seem able to withstand anything that normal British weather can throw at them - and we have wins reported to be gusting up to 80-100 mph on occasion.

Should we ever suffer the forecast tsunami there will be plenty to report around our low-lying coastal plains.

Ken Green
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