It was the worst gale in west Cornwall, certainly easily the most damaging, of the year. It's unusual in a way, normally it's the sea that causes the damage, but it was so shortlived the sea was very rough, but with no exceptional, powerful swell. I see on Kernow weather group that 93mph was recorded somewhere near Lands End, but I can't determine where.
Around 9pm yesterday 700 properties in the far west of Cornwall were without power.
The main road out of Penzance (the old A30) heading west, a couple 200 yards or so past my house was blocked by a tree. At the same town the main road heading north was blocked near the Penzance bypass. There are currently no trains in or out of Penzance due to signalling damage. I've just wandered out and to walk down Alexandra road to the sea front and back you have to pick your way between fallen branches. I don't think I've ever known such a rapid wind increase to a sustained severe gale force.
If any wind event this year deserved a weather warning, this was it. The sudden onset meant people were caught out with branches falling around them. Quite an achievement in west Cornwall where the only trees are in sheltered spots!
Still with thunder & a severe gale, October went out with a bang, that's witches for you.
It's a positively benign F4 now.