OK, so it's not snowing, and I have no roaring log fire - having failed to win the lottery again this weekend - but it's a bit grim outside.
We have a "Severe weather warning", featuring the possibility of flash flooding, strong winds and other storm-like stuff. There's going to be a hurricane... we're all going to die...
Erm, folks? No. We may lose a couple of plants in the garden, especially the unsecured fruit bushes that I've meant to get round to staking properly all summer and still haven't done. We may lose a branch or three from one of the willow trees, especially the one I meant to get round to trimming all summer, but haven't done. We may even lose a tile or two from the roof, or the power might go off for a while.
Oh, power. No internet, no kettle! No tea! You have a fair point then, that'd be the end of the world.
Joking aside, and if anyone does suffer property damage then you have my sympathy, it's horrid when stuff gets wrecked, and storms can feel really scary.
But, this storm is not going to go all Katrina on us, it's not going to demolish whole cities, it's not going to flatten your house. There won't be huge twisters threatening to sweep you off to Oz, and you won't have to seek refuge in the local library and burn books to stay alive.
You might not want to be out in it, and it might be really hairy to drive in - which is why I'm staying at home with the doors and windows firmly closed. But unless you're really unlucky, it's not going to do that much damage.
Really, UK residents, stop panicking, it's just weather.We get weather every day, we're good at weather. It's Autumn, and the weather is unsettled - and it should be, it's the season for it.
I'm going to watch the beauty of the storm from inside the house, while snuggled up with my kids, a blanket and the cats, watching a dvd, cuddling a large mug of tea (or hot chocolate) - assuming the power stays on!
It could be so much worse, while watching the storm today and tomorrow, spare a thought for those around the world who lose their homes, all their possessions, and even their lives to weather so much worse than this.