The storm that battered much of the UK and France yesterday has washed a cargo ship up in the French town of Les Sables d'Olonne
The storm that battered much of Wales, the southern coast of England, and northern France yesterday left a new attraction on the beach of the French town of Les Sables d’Olonne early on Monday morning – a cargo ship.
The Dutch cargo shipArtemiswas approaching the town’s port when a strong swell and high winds drove it onto the beach. No one was hurt in the grounding, and no pollution was caused.
Meanwhile, although we are currently experiencing something of a lull, we are not over the worse of the weather yet. The Environment Agency (EA) currently has two flood warnings in place, one at Broad and Earnley Rifes at Selsey in West Sussex and one along the coast from Chichester Harbour to Selsey Bill.
The Met Office has issued further storm warnings for the Midlands, Northern Ireland, north Wales and northern England later today and tomorrow as severe gales, prolonged rain and perhaps even snow, spreads throughout Britain.
The cost of the damage of the storm is still mounting. The highest gust of wind was recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight at 95mph yesterday. A 400m section of the sea wall in St Helier has been washed away by storms, while the sea wall in Jersey has been breached in four places. In Teignmouth, Devon, flood waters led to dozens of boats being washed up into the car park.