TELE snapper George Munro says storms Ciara and Dennis were nothing compared to the weather that hit us at the end of 2012.

As Inverclyde mops up after Ciara and readies itself for Dennis this weekend, our long-serving photographer looked back to the storm that caused widespread devastation almost eight years ago.

He said: "That was one of the worst, but not the worst, I have ever experienced.

"That was the hurricane of 1968 which caused fatalities across Scotland, as well as here in Inverclyde.

"The storm of 2012 was very severe though. I remember barely being able to get around the area, with tiles coming off roofs, buildings damaged and trees felled all over the place.

"It was one of the few times we almost decided it was too dangerous to venture out to get the photos like the one displayed here, but as always at the Tele, we rolled up our sleeves, got the wellies on and did our best.

"This image at Gourock seafront was taken at 2pm in the day and you can already see how dark the sky is. I remember I could barely hold the camera still such was the strength of the gales, but it is still one of my favourite photos. It really captures the ferocity of the weather - I still feel cold just looking at it!"