YP Comment: Doris does her day job...

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THIRTY years after weather forecaster Michael Fish ignored a viewer’s warning about an impending hurricane, the most infamous meteorological mishap of the last century, with calamitous consequences for a country unprepared for the unstoppable forces of Mother Nature, the same could not be said yesterday as Storm Doris breezed across Yorkshire.

This was a county which was able to batten down the hatches, and put contingency plans in place, thanks to the increased public awareness, especially on social media, as a result of the Met Office’s relatively recent decision to follow America’s example and name those gathering storms which have the potential to cause lasting damage to buildings and endanger human life.

And although the quaint and old-fashioned name Doris brings to mind the legendary American actress Doris Day, she was – in this instance – doing her day job.