For those in peril on these stormy seas – thank you

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The records and the path of destruction will show how the St Valentine’s Storm outshone its earlier sister, St Jude’s Storm, which was supposed to be the biggest to hit the south since 1987.

I’ve never seen windsurfing on Southsea Common before.

A small village on the south side of the Isle of Wight, near Ventnor, has become uninhabitable after a huge landslip, and diners in a restaurant on the coast in west Hampshire coast had to be rescued during their meals. Bizarre stuff.

My thoughts are also with those seafarers who have spent this winter working at sea.

How draining must it be to have your workplace constantly moving up, down and from side to side?

At one point last Friday the Isle of Wight was completely marooned, as one by one, ferry services surrendered to the weather.

Islanders know how bad it is if the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry stops, as this is such a rare occurrence. Last Friday was one such occasion.

The bigger, taller ferry St Clare was unable to enter the harbour, so trod water for a couple of hours in the Solent before returning her passengers to the island, where she stayed for several hours.

The ever-reliable St Faith soldiered on.

These smaller, but robust, excellent seaboats have been serving the island since 1983 and have never let us down.

But as gusts off the Needles reached almost 110mph, she was taken up to the Portsmouth International Port to unload.

At the same time, we had sent hundreds of listeners and our breakfast presenter to France on the Brittany Ferries’ ship Bretagne.

It’s hard to believe, as we were told to keep off seafront roads and high ground by the police, that ferries continued sailing to France regardless.

Thankfully there was only one major incident to report as the ship encountered waves up to 20ft high in the Channel.

That was fellow presenter and News columnist Steve Power who lost a glass of wine from his table and then discovered the bar had closed because of all the broken glass.

So, a big thank you to those seafarers who keep us moving in all weathers.