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Now that the tide has turned.

Posted by Big John on November 9, 2007

During the night of 31st January 1953 a huge tidal surge devastated large areas of the east coast of Britain with the loss of around 300 lives.

One town badly hit by flooding was the place where I now live, Whitstable on the north east coast of Kent.

Well last night we were warned to expect a tidal surge of up to three metres coinciding with peak high tides, which would be comparable to the conditions of 1953. 

Luckily the forecasters were wrong … but only just


… This is a photograph of the beach a few hundred yards from my home, taken at high tide at mid-day today. Not the place to hang around with an ‘Arctic’ wind blowing off the North Sea.

It would seem that there was localised flooding in some areas, but nothing too serious.

I’m just waiting for some prat to … 

…     blame it all on ‘global warming’.   

2 Responses to “Now that the tide has turned.”

  1. Ginnie said

    Wow, John, what a scare! For some reason I thought you lived in a small in-land town. That was surely not the time to go wandering on the beach.

  2. Terri said

    Amazing photo you took. Glad all is well there. That photo from 1953 was something and I enjoyed that photo gallery of your village. Looks like a lovely area….when the North Sea isn’t causing havoc.

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