As anyone who was out and about yesterday will attest, Liverpool was in the eye of the storm yesterday – with strong winds, biting cold, torrential rain and the highest tidal surges in decades. Pete Carr sent over some images of the aftermath at New Brighton.

Unsurprisingly coastal areas took the brunt of the storms, with Formby, New Brighton and West Kirby particularly badly hit; the latter’s Marine Lake burst its banks and flooded seaside properties.


Police warned members of the public on the Wirral to stay indoors as gusts of around 60mph combined with a high tide of ten metres to cause severe flooding and damage. King’s Parade in New Brighton remained closed overnight while sadly the Black Pearl, the driftwood-built cover star of our first Almanac was washed away.

Fear not, though, we’re assured it will be back – although the weather may also be putting in a repeat appearance. Ferries are not currently running across the Mersey and trains are subject to delays. Wrap up warm.


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