Stormy Sidmouth is focus of East Devon photographers as Ellen and Francis batter the coast

Photographers from East Devon turned their focus on the Sidmouth coast as storms and strong winds of up to 70mph battered the UK twice in the last week.

Snappers Simon Horn and Rob Chidgey in the last week took their cameras to Sidmouth and Jacob’s Ladder, where they captured the power of storms Ellen and Francis.

Storm watchers watched as 30-foot high waves crashed over Sidmouth seafront wall as large swells, spring tides, heavy rain and strong winds hit the East Devon coast.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

During the storms Beer Coastguards were twice tasked to Jacob’s Ladder after several dinghies were spotted in the surf, washed off the beach at Ladram Bay.

The Met Office said while it was hopeful August would end with more settled weather, the UK should be prepared for spells of strong winds and rain next week.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.

“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many.

“It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.”

Speaking about the weather following Bank Holiday Monday, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Tubbs, said: “Later on Monday low-pressure will once again start to edge it’s way in from the Atlantic and it’ll turn cloudier with outbreaks of rain for Northern Ireland, with cloud and rain spreading to the rest of the UK by Tuesday.

“It’s likely to stay unsettled into the remainder of next week as we begin meteorological Autumn, with spells of wind and strong winds at times.”

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Simon Horn.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

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Photo: Rob Chidgey Photography.

To see more photography by Simon Horn, see here, and here for more of Rob Chidgey’s work.

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