The Folkestone Mermaid stands up to Eunice! Photo: Ray Duff

Words and Pictures by Ray Duff

As one of the strongest storms to hit Britain in recent years, many people still braved the elements in Folkestone including your intrepid reporter/photographer to experience Storm Eunice first hand.

A number of hardy souls took photographs and watched the mountainous seas roiling along the coasts and crashing into the sea walls.

The red Flag flies as spectators gather to watch the seas Photo: Ray Duff

Elsewhere across the south, sadly people have been hurt as vehicles have been blown over, buildings damaged, shops closed, bus and train services cancelled and numerous trees blown down causing damage and blocked roads.

Huge waves crash over the East Pier into the Inner Harbour Photo: Ray Duff

At The Needles on the Isle of Wight, a gust of 122 mph has been recorded which is provisionally the highest ever recorded in Britain.

Brave souls on the South Quay watch waves crash high over Harbour Arm Photo: Ray Duff

The Met Office continues with its Red Warning. This may in fact be the worst storm to hit us in 30 years.

A dinghy sinks as a gull bobs Photo: Ray Duff

The effects of the storm may linger into the weekend as clean ups begin and public transport may continue to be affected.

The stormy seas hit Sunny Sands and Copt Point Photo: Ray Duff

I have just heard the number 16 bus between Folkestone and Canterbury may not run tomorrow unless roads cleared. I would advise people who use that particular route check on Saturday morning.

By Ed

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