The British coastline was lashed by “unseasonably” strong winds this week, as Storm Francis pelted much of the UK with heavy rain and gusts of almost 80mph.
Homes were flooded, campers had to be rescued and two people were feared drowned near Cardiff as the storm caused nationwide disruption to the road and rail networks.
The windspeed in particular was considered highly unusual for the time of year, with several places in England and Wales recording their strongest ever winds for August, including Pershore, Worcestershire (49mph), Sobdon, Herefordshire (52mph), Mumbles, Swansea (63mph) and Needles, Isle of Wight (78mph).
Meanwhile, management at Skegness Pier paid tribute to local firefighters, who responded to their call for assistance after a sign above the amusements centre was torn away from its awning by the elements.
“Due to the high winds we were unable to reach [the sign] in our normal way, and the fire crew decided the safest way to remove it would be to go over the edge from the roof,” staff posted to Facebook. “They did a great job and made sure everybody remained safe throughout.”