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Another stormy day in Hoylake!
A 10metre (approx 33ft) predicted high tide at noon today coupled with strong winds gave rise to concerns of another storm sturge. In fact, Hoylake RNLI tweeted that the tide peaked at 10.6metres – 34.75ft. But with less ferocious winds than the powerful storm of early December, it seems that the high tide didn’t cause much damage today. Further big tides and strong winds are expected on Sunday and into next week.
Presumably with some people not returning to work until Monday, quite a few spectators were down at the promenade taking photos and videos or just watching the sea water submerging the boating lake. North Parade was closed to traffic for a few hours, though just like last month, a few cars were driving along the road with the Irish Sea lapping at their wheels.
Various patches of the promenade pavement were quite badly damaged last month so another strong storm will no-doubt make things quite a bit worse. Sooner rather than later Hoylake prom is going to need a serious bit of attention. The prom wall has served us well since construction started in 1897 – but how many more years will it last?
Anyway, fingers-crossed more of it doesn’t fall into the sea over the next few days.
Happy new year!