While Londoners Complain About A Tube Strike, The South West Appears To Have Been Washed Away

Oh, your commute was a nightmare, was it?

1. Londoners are very proud about heroically making it into work despite the horror of a Tube strike shutting down part of the transport network.

2. Meanwhile, in the South West:


The region has been battered by gale force winds and massive waves. The weather has been so severe that the Shipping Forecast had to use the term “phenomenal” to describe the wave height, the highest rating they have.

4. The waves have caused significant damage, unlike - say - a Tube strike.


5. Large parts of the sea wall at Dawlish have been washed away, which is worse than having to stand on a crowded bus.


6. That’s a problem, because the sea wall is right next to a major train line, which is now shut. Very, very shut.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

7. The ground the railway line was resting on has washed away, you see, so the rails are now just suspended in mid-air.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Update: the line is likely to be shut for at least six weeks.

8. So that’s the main rail line to Plymouth and Cornwall, kind of more in the sea than it’s supposed to be.

#NewtonAbbot Further damage overnight at Dawlish (pic) Assessments will be made by our staff. @nationalrailenq

— Network Rail (@networkrail)

9. Also, there’s a large chunk of the town itself missing.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

10. Still, at least they can always drive to w… oh.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

11. TV crews have been risking getting swept away to film the waves, which puts standing outside Finsbury Park station in a stiff breeze into perspective.


12. While Londoners are undoubtedly very brave for walking to work this morning, it’s perhaps not quite as bad as your workplace being repeatedly hit by enormous waves.


13. The Tube strike is annoying, but is not actually causing structural damage to anything.

14. Sennen Cove in Cornwall has been hit by waves THAT ARE BREAKING OVER THE TOP OF A HILL.


15. In Dorset, things even got so bad that sinister ghostly faces started appearing in the waves.

SWNS/Simon Emmett

16. So cheer up, Londoners. It could be worse. Your sign could be bent.


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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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