hit by 70mph winds as Storm Eleanor sweeps in
seafront was hit by 70mph winds early on Wednesday as big waves
caused plumes of spray to be blown onto The Esplanade, leaving debris
and some damage.
waves broke against the sea wall at high tide at just before 7.30am,
as pictured here, sending spray onto pavements and The Esplanade.
pavement gratings along the seafront were broken, as pictured here,
with pieces of tarmac strewn around them.
Environment Agency closed Burnham's flood gates at the Yacht Club,
jetty and Maddocks Slade as a precaution - but the town escaped
However, 130 homes were left without power for several hours on
the outskirts of Highbridge from 4.30am-11am.
Met Office said Storm Eleanor had created strong onshore wind gusts
of up to 70mph.
this week's high tides, the Environment Agency is warning residents
to be aware that further spray and overtopping of sea walls could
be seen over the next two days - check the Burnham-On-Sea
overtopping or onshore flooding are predicted as a result of high
water levels, strong onshore winds and large waves," said a
of sandbags was delivered by Sedgemoor District Council for seafront
properties, which were available from besides the pilot hut next
to the BARB station on The Esplanade.
weather warning was issued by the Met Office, predicting gales of
60mph-70mph and a chance of some severe gusts of up to 80mph.
Holt, the Environment Agencys flood duty manager, said: "We
urge people to stay safe on the coast take extreme care on
coastal paths and promenades, and dont put yourself in unnecessary