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UK storms: Your experiences
Rescue workers help residents out of the floods in Carlisle, UK
Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England have been hit by ferocious storms, with winds of up to 124mph.

Three motorists have died, 60,000 people have been left without electricity in Scotland and up to 10,000 homes in Hexham, Northumberland, have been without running water since the weekend.

The Met Office is still warning against unnecessary travel in the affected areas.

Have you or anyone you know been affected by the storms? Send us your comments and experiences using the form. You can also send your pictures to the BBC News website.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Your experiences:

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We have been without water since the storms struck last weekend. I would like to congratulate Northumberland Water board who have worked 24hrs a day to lay 3 kms of new piping part of which had to cross the River Tyne. They have kept us informed of progress, put water bowers in strategic points throughout the village, as well as portable toilets and have dropped off copious amounts of bottle water. Well done to them.
Hilary Aldcroft, Allendale, Northumberland

On Tuesday night as the storm was getting to its strongest, I looked out the back of our house onto the M9 in Stirling to see big articulated lorries thundering along. Why do drivers not use some common sense and park up somewhere sheltered at the height of storms, rather than risking their own lives and other road users?
James Nelmes, Stirling, Scotland

I live in the NE Scotland, and we got the tail end of the storm, and that was bad enough. Panes of glass in our greenhouse came out; corrugated plastic got ripped from the aviary roof. The back window of my school bus even got blown out. So I had a relaxing day off school today!
Scott Spackman, Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire

The forces of nature will still overwhelm man
Brendan Chilton, Great Britain
It just goes that in a well developed and strong country like our own, the forces of nature will still overwhelm man no matter where he is from.
Brendan Chilton, Great Britain

I was on the sleeper train from London to Fort William on Friday night. The train was stopped in Preston station for five hours from 1am to 6am because the track ahead had washed away, and coach replacement drivers were refusing to come out in the bad weather. Eventually coaches arrived and as we slowly drove north we passed at least twenty big lorries blown onto their sides on the M6. A policeman told our coach driver it was his own decision whether to carry on driving in spite of the winds, but thought we'd probably be ok because the coach was quite full! Arrived in Fort William ten hours late.
Joseph, London, UK

I think it's a bit ignorant to blame global warming for every weather extreme Geraldine of Manchester! We had floods nearby in Egham over 100 years ago that have yet to be repeated in severity. There have always been extremes of weather in the world, it's just that with 24-hour news TV carrying dramatic images around the globe we're more aware of them now.
Wayne, Chertsey

Imagine what chaos 124ph winds would have caused in London!
Joe, London

It was really scary to feel the whole house shaking
Jenny, Tobermory
Balamory visitors would hardly recognise Main Street with sandbags at the doors and the water invading the properties. In upper Tobermory the winds were tremendous - it was really scary to feel the whole house shaking. The doors of one shed were blown away (the contents must be liberally distributed over the town), shrubs uprooted and a large branch hit another shed. But there's others much worse off.
Jenny, Tobermory

We had flooding Friday night along with the high winds. Keswick was cut off for a time with flooding and fallen trees. It's nothing compared with the suffering of the people of Asia. My sympathy to the families of those who've been killed in the storms.
Dave, Keswick, Cumbria

Worst winds for at least 15 years last night. The North West of Skye is devastated - between 50 and 75% of all building have structural damage - ranging from missing slates to whole roofs off, and demolished outbuilding. We still have no electricity supply. And to top that, the water supply is running out, as no electricity for the pumps. Most roads are now clear, but whole forestry plantations have been flattened. Was a very scary night and a miracle more people have not been hurt.
Martyn Bradshaw, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

I drove past Carlisle on the M6 on Saturday. I counted 12 articulated lorries on their side on the hard shoulder and grass verge.
Charles Moore, Edinburgh

Why were lorries and other high-sided vehicles still travelling during the storms?
Peter, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Considering the amount of warning we had for this weather, why were lorries and other high-sided vehicles still travelling during the storms? Surely we must look at the responsibility (or lack of) of these drivers and/or their bosses for sending them out knowing full well the wind was going to be so extreme? I know people have deadlines and wages to earn, but this has been a life and (unfortunately) death situation - nothing can be worth the loss of life for the sake of waiting a few days, surely.
Peter, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The storms have been pretty bad here, too. I've lost electricity supply twice in the last four days, although only for a few hours. I live near the top of a hill in a semi-rural area, and last night I watched a huge oak tree on the top of the hill being hit so hard by the wind that it fell over. Terrifying, yet fascinating.
Mo C, Durham, UK

The thoughts of the people of Derry are very much with the lorry driver killed on the Foyle Bridge yesterday and his family
Chris A, Derry, N.Ireland

We have been using candles to heat water up to make tea
Neil, Millom, Cumbria
We lost some tiles on the roof and have had three power cuts since Saturday! We have been using candles to heat water up to make tea!
Neil, Millom, Cumbria

A pretty dramatic night where the roads became shipping routes. I've seen some high tides, but last nights tide was scary. At one stage it looked like the fishing trawlers were about to be washed into the streets.
Dan, Oban, Scotland

Does anyone know if the storms have badly affected the Isle of Man? Northern Ireland, Northern England and Scotland have all been mentioned in the news, but nothing about what has been happening to the Island.
Jennifer, Birmingham

The Isle of Man had some awful weather. 110mph winds, trees uprooted, hundreds of people without power, schools had to be closed for the day and the Civil Defence worked tirelessly to make life as easy as possible for all concerned. What happened was, in fact, a carbon copy of what's happened in Cumbria.
Dee, UK

The winds have been really strong here, with slates and aerials coming off the roof, and trains and roads disrupted. Nothing like as bad as some other areas, so my sympathies are with people there.
Claire, West Yorkshire

Something like a mini-tornado hit our office yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) - no damage but a noise like thunder and the (bombproof) windows flexed alarmingly! All over in about 20 seconds...
George Warwick, Halifax, UK

I live on an exposed hillside and although you come to expect all sorts of weather in Scotland, this is a bit much: days of rainfall causing much of my farmland to disappear under water, followed by the winds we had last night and this morning and then massive hailstones at midday.
Frank, Dunblane, Perthshire.

Street lamps were being tossed about as though they were matchsticks!
Russel Downes, Inverness
Winds were recorded at 117mph here, I've never seen anything like it - street lamps were being tossed about as though they were matchsticks! Unbelievable.
Russel Downes, Inverness, Scotland

Local school flooded and many houses in danger in the Castle park-Bowland Drive area. This has been like this for years and nobody seems to want to do anything about it. The councils have had the money and wasted it on unnecessary schemes. It's about time also that the government also realised that there are people living in Cumbria as well.
Derek Cox, Kendal

Being east coast we do usually have some floods and damage but this year, so far, we have escaped with just some high winds. Mild in comparison to the unfortunate folk further north and my sympathies are with them at the moment.
Rick, UK

Not as bad as Carlisle but a few fence panels blown down and broken. A few trees leaning dangerously wicked rain and wind but well seen worse.
Mitch, Darwen, UK

Carlisle was like a war zone on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The city was literally cut-off from the rest of the world and when the authorities closed both the city bridge and motor bridge there was no way of visiting family and friends to make sure they were okay. It got worse when telephone lines went dead and mobile signals were lost due to flooding. I feel for those who are still flooded, without power and the family of those who died.
Raymond, Carlisle

Here in Cumbria we have taken a battering with the severe weather
Jan Fialkowski, England
Here in Cumbria we have taken a battering with the severe weather. Lives have been lost. At the height of the storms as winds reached 120mph in my town, our thoughts were with the people of Asia who have lost so much. Nothing that the weather can throw at us will be any where near the scale of loss that they suffered. As the winds reached their peak we drove to the safety of our home. We drove past a large wind farm that blighted our area. The rotor blades stood idle and not turning. The winds were far too strong for them to operate safely. Many homes have gone days without power and heat. This proved, to me, the futility of wind power. What a big con wind turbines are.
Jan Fialkowski, England

My 79-year-old mother in the Outer Hebrides spent the evening and night at her 83-year-old sister's house - no electricity, no phone, no contact - as she says: "Just like the old days."
Neil Macaskill, Swindon

The road from Incinnan to Renfrew was closed due to flooding. I was amazed to see a motorist get out his car- very carefully remove the cones and signs showing the road was blocked and then drive straight down it. Seeing a clear passage other drivers followed him - but later there were cars stuck in the flood. Surely it is not worth taking that kind of risk!
Gwyneth, Strathclyde, Scotland

The closing of the Friarton Bridge demonstrated how important it is to this area. The traffic that normally goes across it had to go through Perth instead and the city is gridlocked. The 15 minute drive to my wife's work took almost two hours. With the Forth Road Bridge shut this morning I hate to think what the surrounding area is like.
Alan, Perth, Scotland

It's not too bad here, but I can't leave! The trains from Stirling have been wiped out, and my day has basically been cancelled.
Andrew, Stirling, Scotland

It could have been much worse. Just some roof damage and the greenhouse was broken, but there is always worse (tsunami). We need to thank BBC Cumbria for keeping us up-to-date on the radio. Brilliant job they have done. It is important to get some sense of normality again. I feel for the people who still have no electricity or water.
Nicos Souleles, Carlisle, UK

Where I stay it has been terrible with bridges closed and people not getting home for hours.
Anon, Scotland

Are the storms in the UK, rainfall in California and drought in Australia linked to the current El Nino event? Is this a result of global warming?
Geraldine Smith, Manchester, UK


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