Rushing in before rush-hour, it tore across coast and countryside, suburbs and city streets, tearing down trees and taking lives.
The worst storm to hit southern Britain for years did its worst. Rail companies withdrew services for safety, but that's not how millions of fare-paying customers saw it. Cancellations prompted accusations of an over reaction.
St. Jude was brewing over the Atlantic for days before hitting our shores, and she seems to be gathering strength.
Energy companies across the Anglia region are drafting in extra staff to deal with any power cuts caused by Monday's storm.
Met Office advice on what to do in severe windy conditions like those being forecast from the early hours of Monday.