Storm Doris Strikes

Yesterday, storm Doris tore her way through the UK leaving a path of destruction behind her. Winds reached up to a whopping 94mph, and Doris is now set to leave widespread wintry showers and ice as temperatures are to plummet by 7c. Here, we give you the lowdown of where Doris came from, the damage she’s caused, and how HSS have you covered with a range of products to get you back to normality after Doris has left.

Who and What is Doris?

Storm Doris has been nicknamed with the term ‘weather bomb’ and this name has been used because of Doris’ rapid fall in it’s central pressure. This happens when dry air moves into a space of low pressure, causing air to rotate much faster. There are around 60 weather bombs in the world each year, however they are very infrequent in the UK.

Doris’ Damage 

Doris has affected homes and businesses in most parts of the UK. There have been many cases of fallen trees on roads that have caused severe traffic and congestion. Damage to infrastructure has also been common, and tourist attractions such as Colwyn Bay Pier have collapsed due to violent winds. There has also been power supply issues across the British Isles as hundreds of thousands of homes were reportedly without power during the storm. This has led to a serious problem is North Wales as 1300 homes and businesses are still without electricity a day after Doris has hit.


Doris’ effects were also felt by those travelling in the midst of the storm. People travelling back from London Euston, St Pancras and King’s cross were stranded after trees had fallen onto the tracks meaning many journeys faced lengthy delays. Services on both the east coast and west coast were also extremely delayed because of a electricity failure between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay stations. While other train stations nationwide also faced major disruption.

Why do we give names to storms?

In September 2015, the Met Office decided to invite members of the public to provide names for storms. Attaching a name to a weather event had been found to help the public monitor an upcoming storm more closely, meaning that people had more time to prepare if a storm were to hit their area. Storms are now given names when they have the ability to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ wind damage on the UK and/or Ireland.

5 biggest storms to date


5th December 2013
  • Maximum wind: 142mph
  • Focal Point: North coast of Wales
  • Damage: Widespread flooding, 100,000 homes without power
23rd/24th December 2013
  • Maximum wind: 80mph
  • Focal Point: North Point of Scotland and Southern England
  • Damage: 50,000 homes without power, 3 inches of flooding
28th October 2013
  • Maximum wind: 99mph
  • Focal Point: South East England
  • Damage: 600,000 homes without power
Burn’s Day Storm 1990
  • Maximum wind: 87mph
  • Focal Point: North coast of Wales
  • Damage: Fallen trees, damage to buildings and power supplies across much of England and Wales
The Storm of 1987
  • Maximum wind: 115mph
  • Focal Point: South and Southern East of England
  • Damage: Millions of trees were lost, severe disruption to transport and infrastructure

Clear-Up Operation

If you have been affected by Doris, don’t panic! These tools will help you get back on your feet and back to normality in no time at all:

  • Portable Chipper: A tough, compact machine for effective disposal of garden waste including branches that may have fallen off during the storm. Click here for more details.


  • Rubble Truck: Moving shrubbery and debris from the storm is simple with this ’tilting’ truck. Click here for more details.


  • Leaf Blower: This portable petrol driven back-pack leaf blower is ideal for clearing areas of fallen leaves, grass cuttings and other materials. Click here for more details.


  • Puddle Pump: This Puddle Sweeper Pump is ideal for pumping out clear water from flooded areas and cellars, this fully submersible electric pump will reduce water levels to within 1 mm of the floor. Click here for more details.



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Timothy Gardener

Tim is one of our Product Content specialists and aims to ensure customers have the right equipment to get their job done well. Tim combines his writing, researching and DIY skills to inform customers about the benefits of using HSS kit.

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