Friday the 13th - day of ill-luck - was indeed a day of catastrophies for Britain, Nov. 13.
Friday the 13th - day of ill-luck - was indeed a day of catastrophies for Britain, Nov. 13. It was Black Friday the 13th with gales, storms, rain, hailstones, blizzards and death.
Dover and Brighton on the south coast were flayed by seventy-mile-per-hour gales. Mountainous waves were hurled onto the promenades.
Dover harbour was badly hit, and two coast roads at nearby Folkestone were closed by heavy seas running onto land.
The cross-channel ferry services were disrupted, and all round the coast lifeboats struggled to aid stricken shipping.
In Cornwall a fisherman was washed overboard and drowned, and another two died in Alderney Harbour in the Channel Islands.
Rain and hailstorms lashed the country and in Scotland and northern England snow drifts blocked many roads. In the Pennines they were up to eight feet deep.
Thawing snow adds to flood danger in the north.
And in the West Country, with 100-mph winds howling off Land's End, a Plymouth church had a pinnacle wrenched off by the gales.
The forecast: more gale-force winds and rain.