Synopsis: A hurricane hits the South.A gust of ninety miles on hour was recorded at?
Synopsis: A hurricane hits the South.A gust of ninety miles on hour was recorded at the Needles, and the length of the South coast has been battered by gale forces winds for more than twenty-four hours.This was the scene this morning at West Bay in Dorset.
It was scene echoed at many places.A close watch was kept on sea defences at Ventnor and at Elmer, near Bogner Regis, Beach huts at Milford-on-Sea and Sandown were smashed by mountainous waves.
All channel shipping has made for the shelter of harbour - not even this was shelter enough for some smaller craft.At Hamble a twenty foot ketch sank at its moorings, and dozens of small boats were driven aground at Nudeford.
Inland, there's been flooding in the Stour Valley in Dorset, and on farmland near Lewos.At Gosport, part of the roof was blown off an Old Peoples Home, built only three years ago: Temporary repairs were soon underway in trying conditions.
Gales and high seas interrupted some ferry services - the Pools to Sandbanks car ferry stopped running for a time, and one of the Woolston floating bridges in Southampton was damaged by the storm.It was running normally again this evening.The Isle of Wight ferry Farringford was also hold up for several hours at Yarmouth.
And another casualty of the storm - a small tanker driven aground in Southampton Water.And the forecast - still more gales.