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Batten down the hatches [Friday 14th February 2014 at 5:59 pm]

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Today's surprise message on the answerphone (and I'm most impressed at the Environment Agency's ability to do these mass robocalls - the answerphone got the call at the same time that the alert appeared on their website) is another flood alert:

Predicted astronomical tide level 1.76 mAOD
Forecast surge height 1.12 m
Forecast high water level 2.88 mAOD
Forecast high water level in Chart Datum 5.61 mCD
Forecast wind direction South Westerly
Forecast wind strength Force 10

Forecast high tide will be the highest level for at least 7 years

That's... a rather large storm surge, especially to have made it this far up the creek. Remember, to reach Fareham proper the tide has to pass through the gap between Gosport and Portsmouth before spreading out into Fareham lake. The answerphone message additionally warned that "flooding is expected 2 hours before high tide". Now, I do live on the first floor so the chances of me getting flooded by the sea are tiny (the last floods didn't even reach the bottom of the steps to the front door) so I'm not overly worried, but still that's quite the storm.

Batten down the hatches, folks.
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