Perranporth battered by “apocalyptic” storm Brigid
Surging seas and gale force winds have battered the residents and businesses of Perranporth for the second time in less than four weeks.
The storm, which was nicknamed “Brigid” after a patron saint of Ireland, submerged buildings along Beach Road on Friday night after high spring tides and 50mph winds swept through the town.
The recently opened Willow Bistro, Perranporth Doctor’s Surgery and the The Tywarnhayle pub were all hit by flooding despite piles of sandbags in front of doors and windows.
Bystanders came to watch fire crews, police and the coastguard work hard to stem the waves.
Despite the conditions, more than 300 people weathered the storm while watching international rugby in the beach based pub, the Watering Hole.
Tom Job, manager at the Watering Hole, said: “The waves were above head height and we were all worried as the position of the pub means that the tide sweeps behind the back of the building.
“But all the staff were aware of safety precautions and exit routes and no one was injured to my knowledge.”
Mr Job, who has grown up in Perranporth said that Saturday’s storm was the worst he has ever seen.
He added: “We had gale force winds and the swell was just something else – I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The Watering Hole, which claims to be the only pub situated on a beach in the UK, was left perched on a cliff of sand after earlier storms in January.
Saturday’s weather ripped the door from the building and left the much loved institute precariously vulnerable to further damage.
But Mr Job has reassured regulars that the Watering Hole didn’t sustain any permanent structural damaged and is open for business as usual.
Storm Brigid has caused havoc throughout the county and south west England, with surf website magicseaweed describing conditions as “apocalyptic”.
The disruptive weather is set to continue this week.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for torrential rain and gale force winds on Wednesday with the possibility of bad weather lasting until the weekend.