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'Gale in top five since storm of 87'
This morning’s gale was estimated to be in the top five strongest winds recorded in the Wanstead area since the great storm of 1987, according to a local weather enthusiast.
Scott Whitehead, 41, of Wanstead Park Avenue in Aldersbrook, has a computerised station set up in his back garden to measure temperature, wind speed and rainfall.
He recorded a top wind speed of 47.2mph at 6.53am, but believes it was probably higher due to his back garden being sheltered.
“The winds were recorded to be at a speed of 79mph at Andrewsfield Aviation in Braintree, so I think a more accurate reading in this area would have been around 60mph," Mr Whitehead said.
“The storm wasn’t on a par with the storm of 1987 but it was pretty vigorous and I would definitely say it was in the top five [since].
“I was really surprised at the amount of trees which fell down and I’d say at those wind speeds it definitely qualified as a strong gale at least.
“The national press is claiming the storm wasn’t very eventful but there have been three deaths reported so far so I really think it deserves the coverage it is getting – winds rarely blow like that around here.”
Mr Whitehead, a journalist, has been recording the weather in Wanstead since he moved to Aldersbrook in 1996.
He said: “It is like a hobby to me and just helps me pass the time. I record all types of weather and update Twitter and my website whenever I can.”
Mr Whitehead’s wind graphs show the gusts peaked at 7.00am this morning.
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