Was anyone lucky enough to sleep through the noise of that wind last night? I certainly wasn't so will probably need to prop my eyelids open with matchsticks to get me through the day. I think it will be the same for everyone living close to me.
Unfortunately it was the night to put the wheelie bins out for the cardboard and plastics collection and not many of the bins made it through the night without any mishaps. I actually heard mine take off, so at about 2 o'clock this morning I was chasing the contents of my bin up and down the street and then moving the bin back towards the shelter of the garage and side gate. I'd just dosed off again when I heard another bin being blown about followed closely by a car alarm, luckily not mine, which went on for ages. I peeked out this morning and can see that a bin from the other end of the cul-se-sac had travelled the entire length of the street and hit a parked car, which is now sporting a badly dented driver's door.
The wind didn't give up at all during the night, although it is much quieter out there now, and all I managed in the way of sleep was to dose from time to time. I've just been out to move my bin back to the correct spot for collection - somehow my neighbour's bin stayed upright and exactly where he left it but the content of all the others is dotted about the street and in front gardens. I suppose we should be thankful that it wasn't the household waste collection! A tree has blown down in the adjoining road but luckily doesn't appear to have done any damage and isn't blocking the road.
I've had a quick look at the back garden and there's no damage that I can see. My fences are still standing although I can see some poor soul's fence panel near the reed bed that runs through the estate and it looks like a neighbour has lost the roof of their shed. Let's hope for a quieter night tonight!