Doris, Don’t Do it

On the 23rd of February 2017, Northern Ireland (in the early hours) and the rest of northern England are shaken by the explosive cyclogenesis (also labelled as a ‘weather bomb’) which was given the name ‘Storm Doris’.

Storm Doris hits Exmouth. Picture by Gillian Harris

Despite the 10-hour warning, no one was truly ready for the extreme breeze that swept at their doors. with rubbish falling out of bins, wigs flying off peoples’ heads and people struggling to walk through it, the wind became stronger as the day went by. South London grime artist, Stormzy who has the word ‘storm’ in his stage name, tweeted (a week prior to the storm) that his album will be dropping on the 24th of February. Coincidently, the storm broke out a day before his album release concluding in the strong, sweeping storm, becoming accused of being ‘promotion for Stormzys new album’ a stormzy fan says and he isn’t the only one. The anticipation for the album builds up and so does the storm. The storm has been reported to cause many train, flight and bus delays as well as cancellations as airlines and train lines decide to take precautions because of the depth of danger the weather could cause.

Many stayed in their homes and chose not to go to work, school or university. For others, going out wasn’t a choice but was more of an obligation which led to deaths and injuries whereas others got to and from their destinations safely. Victims of storm Doris were left unnamed until yesterday, one of the university attendees were named. Wolverhampton worker, named as ‘Tahnie Martin’ was a 29-year-old young woman who was described by colleagues and co-workers as ‘irrepressibly optimistic and kind, full of ideas and always enthusiastic’. The young woman’s life comes to an end when she is struck in the storm by a large wooden board which was said to have fallen from a nearby rooftop concluding in striking Martin’s life. Heartbroken, desolate and anguished friends pay tribute after hearing they have lost their friend to a flying debris.

Miss Martins’ mother, Rosie, has refused to speak to anyone since the accident and has been ‘absolutely devastated’ since it’s happened. A neighbour who has asked for anonymity says ‘Rosie is absolutely crushed and extremely upset as you can only imagine.’

Marketing manager for the faculty of arts at the university of Wolverhampton was said to have made a ‘professional and personal impact in the short time at the university.’ An eyewitness says that the ‘piece of wood came out of nowhere and hit her on the head causing her to fall straight away. Once she was down, there was blood everywhere and about four or five people were on the phone to the ambulance who arrived 10 minutes later.’

Tahnie isn’t the only one that was struck by the storm. A 15-year-old school girl is left unconscious when one of the ceilings in the school sports hall collapsed on her, leaving her injured and motionless. The girl is currently in ICU and will make slow recovery.

Doris gathered a speed over Britain, with a 94mph gust as the storm made its way east, concluding in 56,000 homes without electricity in the Republic of Ireland. Due to the extreme weather conditions, lives were taken into consideration as speed limits were faced for all types of transport. This concluded in dozens of flights being cancelled as a precaution, not only because of signal errors. During the storm, all train services from London Euston were also cancelled as all trains were given speed limits.

So, is the Storm Doris gone for good?

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