Apologies for those of you who have already seen this photo on the Hoylake RNLI facebook page, but I had to share it with many of you who don’t use facebook.
Chris Williams, Hoylake RNLI crew member of owner of local business Island Electrical, took this photo of the weather station inside the lifeboat station on Wednesday as the storm hit Hoylake around tea time. As you can see, the speed of the wind was that strong it was off the scale! Chris mentioned that you can move the arrows back but you can’t move them forward, so there’s no cheating!
I took a walk along the beach and through Market Street early on Thursday morning and surprisingly there didn’t seem to be too much damage. I did notice a few fences gone here and there, broken branches of course and a chimney pot that had been blown off a roof on Birkenhead Road.
There seemed to only about two, maybe three, street banners left along Market Street – the wind is certainly winning the ongoing battle with them.
Did you hear that the roof on an apartment block in Lingdale Road, West Kirby was partially blown off and the residents had to evacuate?
Does anyone keep a record of wind speeds for Hoylake? The Wednesday storm must be pretty close to the top of the leaderboard?!
How about you, did you or your property suffer any serious damage? Have your say in the comments below.