In great swathes of the UK, the people living there are used to winds of the strength we were forecast, and more. The scottish islands for example - the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland - have winds of steady 40mph and gusts to 65mph and stronger on a regular basis right through the winter. That is far in excess of what was forecast for much of London and the South East. If you want proof of this, I give you the fact that they have almost NO trees on most of these islands - no, they haven't all blown down and killed people, they don't suit those areas so they are simply not planted, for the most part. Those that are are of a type that suit the conditions, and they are planted densely, in plantation form. Common sense is used.
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Remember "There's going to be a bit of wind, but if people are sensible it shouldn't disrupt life too much" doesn't sell papers - look carefully at the facts of a situation like this and make up your own mind - don't get swept along on a tide of media-whipped excitement. Serious weather conditions are not something we have to encounter all that often on mainland Britain (thank goodness!), and certainly not in the South, when something serious does come along it's really not a cause of excitement, and certainly shouldn't be gloried in or looked on as just a good excuse for a day off work!