Storms are raging over Shetland. Elsewhere in the far North of Scotland there are gales. To give some perspective, a Gale is anything about wind force 7 to 9, (anything less than 7 is rather windy) and a storm is wind force 10. Force ten is really fierce.
In our gales of about wind force 8 today, Royal Mail delivered our post.
The poor post woman who arrived on our doorstep, (to my surprise)
looked quite dazed and battered; she said it was really difficult to
hold on to the post she was carrying and delivering.
The seas rage, the winds blast, scream, push and shove; it knows no chivalry. The lifeline ferries to the islands take shelter and stay in port. There will be no deliveries of the everyday commodities to the islands that we take for granted. There has been little let up in the gales and flooding this week causing transport and domestic chaos in many parts of the UK.
In view of the extreme weather conditions the management of Tesco Limited, have chartered a Hercules Transport plane to make four deliveries of commodities this weekend, to the storm bound Shetland islanders. I am not aware of any other major food and goods retailer that has a presence on the island, who would do this.