FIERCE wind and rain battered the south coast yesterday as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha made landfall.
Gusts of 40mph to 50mph were recorded throughout the morning as the weather left the seafront unusually deserted for a summer’s day.
Festive events, including a BeachBuggin’ custom car show on Southsea Common, were cancelled as organisers faced a washout.
Organiser Dave Western said: ‘It would have been our 14th year and this is our first ever cancellation. It’s such a shame because the local support has always been amazing.’
A Thai food festival and an open day at the RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station in Eastney were also called off.