Coast comes under attack

Rough seas batter the Prom near the boating pool in North Shore. Picture: BILL JOHNSON
Rough seas batter the Prom near the boating pool in North Shore. Picture: BILL JOHNSON
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THE Fylde coast was battered by wind and rain as gusts reached more than 50mph on the seafront.

The wild weather yesterday saw waves crashing on to the Promenade as people ran to take shelter from the torrential downpours and get cover from the ferocious winds.

One man who contacted The Gazette told how he had been caught out on the seafront when the weather turned particularly vicious at around .

He said: “It came from nowhere.

“Obviously the weather was bad but all of a sudden the wind picked up and nearly knocked me off my feet. I’d be surprised if there weren’t some people injured, or at least damage done to some of the buildings. It was fierce.”

While conditions may have been stormy, the temperature stayed at a relatively mild nine degrees Celsius for most of the day.

A police spokesman said there had been no weather-related incidents on the Fylde coast but that slates had been torn from roofs in the east of the county.