Before I got up this morning the electricity in my home and indeed the whole of the Western Isles had gone off and I got up to candle light only.
Thankfully, for the Office of Readings and Lauds, I almost always use a small battery operated reading light which clips to my breviary so there was no problem. Although Offices by candle light are nice and atmospheric I need the brighter lights as my main source to be comfortable.
As we had been advised not to travel I worked from home today (when the power was on and the internet was working). At least I got to admire the power of the waves roaring into the bay in front of our home.
The thunder and lightening added to the drama.
BBC News and Sky News are reporting on the storm, along with the fact that the North of England has 50mph winds. A mere breeze. As it has been here most of the day but as I say when it freshens up it is lively enough to be dramatic sometimes awesome.
Without being flippant about the dangers of extreme weather, days like these are as beautiful as any summer day. Nature is at its finest at both ends of the spectrum. I can't help but think of the Psalmist telling us that the voice of the Lord thunders! (Psalm 28(29))
 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of majesty hath thundered, The Lord is upon many waters.
 The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in magnificence.
As the darkness comes in we will be left to rely on sounds of wind, rain and thunder to try and put together a picture of what is going on outside. This will add to the sense of awe and twinges of concern, yet safety and security in our homes, as it rages over our heads.
Tomorrow I expect I will awake to a normal day. At least it is forecast to be more normal. What a shame.