Storm was a non-event for Frome, claims meteorologist Michael Cooper
FROME appears to have escaped the worst of the big storm that raged across the UK, according to the town's amateur meteorologist.
Wind speeds were recorded at 52mph at their worst and the rainfall peaked at 16mm overnight.
There were several reports of localised flooding, trees being blown down, including the willow at Ashtree Road, and the River Frome was swollen on Monday morning but Michael Cooper, of Georgian Court, said the storm was a non-event for the town.
He said: "For Frome the so-called storm was not really an event. I have recorded lots of wind speeds around 50mph with more rain associated.
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"It certainly did not even come near to the Burns Night storm in 1990, when I recorded 90mph winds, and closer to today, November eight years ago when I recorded speeds of 62mph."
It wasn't the same story for other parts of Somerset, as about 500 homes were without power in the Taunton area.
There were several accidents on roads in the west, rail passengers faced delays and several flights were cancelled at Bristol Airport.