VIDEO: Hartlepool hit by rain, wind and waves

HARTLEPOOL has been battered by heavy rain, strong winds and powerful waves as autumn takes hold.

The town had been enjoying reasonably comfortable temperatures but thermostats are now falling.

STORMY: Seaton Carew

STORMY: Seaton Carew

Winds of up to 25mph are expected throughout Thursday, and the strong gusts will be with us until the end of the weekend.

More rain is also forecast over the next two days.

See a video, above, by photographer Tom Collins of Seaton Carew being battered by the bad weather.