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Giant swell hits the Cornish Coast

A wave explodes on rocks near newquay.

Huge waves pounded the west coast today as Hurricane Hercules hit the British Isles. These photos were taken at Porth Island near Newquay in the morning at high tide, and as the tide dropped back I went down to Fistral to review the damage. The force of the waves was such that they had carved a new gully and demolished the footpath near Porth Island, sending hundreds of chunks of slate inland. The ground shook as wave after wave exploded on the end of the island, sending mountains of foam as high as the top of the island, at 70 feet in the air. It was a post-apocolyptic feel at Fistral, with a few souls surveying the damage and braving the biting wind.

Giant waves explode near Porth Island near Newquay.

 

Damage caused by storm surf near Newquay cornwall
A lone walker looks like she is going to get engulfed by a wave.
A giant tower of water exploding on rocks
A huge waves explode near Porth Island near Newquay.
Waves breaking at Porth near newquay cornwall
The lifeguard building on Fistral after hurricane Hercules
Rope and fishing nets wrapped round a railing at South Fistral
Lewinnick lodge Newquay during a storm
A piece of wall washed up on a beach in Cornwall
Bits of foam and plastic on the beach after the tide receded
Rope and fishing nets wrapped round a railing at South Fistral

 


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