EXPOSED and vulnerable to a wild Atlantic ocean, Scilly began picking up the pieces last week after one of the biggest storms in recent years.
Parts of St Mary's became a sandy wasteland of beach material as the landscape was rearranged.
With gusts measured at the airport at 92mph and St Martin's weather station recording an extraordinary 110mph wind, sand settled far inland.
South-facing Porthcressa took a battering with huge seas driven by heavy winds sending spray inland and sand to cover what had been a grassy bank.
Sand bags were much in evidence in the main settlement of Hugh Town as residents took precautions. Seaweed and washed-up detritus littered the streets.
Council workers embarked on the gargantuan task of shovelling tons of feet-deep banks of accumulated sand from the streets.
Another casualty of the weather was Lloyds Bank in Hugh Town where the electrics were struck by a leak. The bank was shut for days, repair men unable to get over because of grounded flying. It meant the island's lone cashpoint facility was rendered unusable.