Storm Eleanor


My first photograph of 2018 and it seems appropriate that it should be of the sea, seeing as I live in a coastal town. Today sees our coastline battered by Storm Eleanor and with higher than normal tides predicted Natural Resources Wales issued a Flood Warning for properties along the Beach Road. High tide today was around 11:30 and expected to be around 9 metres. But with the storm raising sea levels the tide level was expected to be 5.5 metres above this level.

First stop for me was Rhyl sea-front just along the coast. Because of the way the sea defences are shaped you can see some pretty spectacular wave action.

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But it was my home town I was more worried about. There have been improvements to the sea defences in the last couple of years but with the Flood Warning in place there’s always the possibility the sea defences could be breached. I’m lucky. I live high enough that I doubt our house would be affected, but there are an awful lot of low-lying properties which rely on those defences.

And fortunately they have done their job, this time. It’s high tide, although the sea is surging now and again with some of the bigger waves, there is no need to close the flood  barriers which I’m standing just in front of.

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First post of 2018, here’s to many more and before I forget, A Happy New Year to you all.

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18 thoughts on “Storm Eleanor

    • Mike Hardisty January 5, 2018 / 17:43

      I sincerely hope so, Cornelia. I’m trying to get away from landscapes and attempting more wildlife and night photography this year.

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  1. arv! January 4, 2018 / 02:16

    Happy to see sea pictures as I live in a land locked region

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    • Mike Hardisty January 5, 2018 / 17:41

      I’m luck to have the sea and a serious mountain range not so far away from me, Arv

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      • arv! January 5, 2018 / 17:42

        That’s awesome Mick. You sure are 👍

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  2. petspeopleandlife January 4, 2018 / 04:24

    The sea and the waves look very angry and ominous. The pics are great. I know you must count your lucky stars when it storms with threats of flooding. You were wise to purchase a house on high ground.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 5, 2018 / 17:40

      Four years ago the defences were breached Yvonne, Part of the sea wall collapsed in the next tow up the coast from us. Also the dunes were washed away at Talacre, where the lighthouse is. Since then there’s been a lot of strengthening of the sea defences and a program at Talacre has been started to recover the dunes. After Christmas they gather up all the old Christmas trees and plant them in the dunes area. Eventually sand is bound to the trees by wind action and gradually the dunes start to re-build. It can take up to fifteen years, but eventually they are restored

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      • petspeopleandlife January 5, 2018 / 22:32

        Putting the trees in the dune areas sounds like an excellent idea. It’s a shame that the water was terribly high and ruined the beach. I suppose that was a hard lesson learned about having defences beyond what is/was believed the waves would/could reach.

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  3. Janet Sunderland January 9, 2018 / 00:41

    You certainly are a brave soul to get the shots you get. I’d like to think you are using a distance lens, but likely not. Whooo. That’s a fierce bunch of waves. Is that the same storm that went up the east coast of the U.S.? If not, a storm like it really battered some of the beach towns there.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 12, 2018 / 19:27

      Always a distance lens for photographs like that, Janet. I’ve seen the power of the sea and it frightens me at times. It’s not the same storm that hit the US. just one of our local ones, we do seem to get plenty of them in the winter time.

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