SOUTH Tyneside was battered by gale force winds and the biggest storm surge in 30 years today.
But Gazette photographers TIM RICHARDSON and STU NORTON and reporters PUAL KELLY and VERITY WARD braved the elements to bring you top-notch coverage of the storm.
Here’s a selection of pictures - and a couple sent in by reader Jak Davison of the flooded riverside at Hebburn.
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