Flood defences 'put to the test' as Storm Eleanor hits Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 03 January 2018

Storm Eleanor hit Weston this morning (Wednesday). Picture: Martin Slade

Storm Eleanor hit Weston this morning (Wednesday). Picture: Martin Slade

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Weston-super-Mare was battered by Storm Eleanor overnight, as torrential rain and high winds saw the promenade flooded and homes left without power.

Winds of up to 60mph sent big waves crashing over the sea wall this morning (Wednesday), but the flood defences stood firm amid a high tide of 12.84m.

Photographer Martin Slade captured the scene at high tide at around 7.20am.

He said: “The storm this morning at high tide produced some very high waves causing the flood defences to be put to test.

“If they had not been there Weston no doubt would have been flooded. I was on the prom taking pictures and it was over a foot deep.

“It was amazing and exhilarating, and luckily I didn’t get too wet either.”

More than 130 homes are without power near Burnham-on-Sea in the TA9 3 postcode area, while some houses in Winscombe lost power this morning, though this has been restored.

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