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Coastguards warn of “phenomenal” waves to hit Cornwall today

By CG_Caroline  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Waves crash over Sennen Cove earlier this week

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Coastguards have warned “phenomenal” waves are expected to pound the Cornish coastline later today.

Richard Williams, from Falmouth Coastguard, said the inshore forecast showed they are expecting waves of more than 45ft (14 metres), classing the sea state as phenomenal.

The waves are predicted for 12 miles (19km) offshore, and Mr Williams said: “To be that sort of sea state inshore is unusual particularly in this part of the world.”

Mr William urged people to stay away from the coast.

He said: “Be aware of the conditions out there. Do not go wave watching and if you are by the coast be aware that the sea may be much rougher than usual.

“It is really important that people understand not to take any chances as it only takes a small amount of water to wash you off your feet.”

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for high winds for gusts of up to 60 to 70 mph along the coast and 80 mph in some isolated areas.

The chief forecaster said: “These winds will also whip up large waves over the eastern Atlantic which will affect south-west facing coasts during Saturday. The very strong winds are expected to last into Sunday morning for many parts.”

Areas most at risk of flooding are Mullion, Newlyn, Looe, Porthleven, Kingsand and Cawsand.

Cornwall Council provided a coordinated response throughout last night to unfolding events from County Hall through Silver Command and will continue to do so today.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  February 08 2014, 1:29PM

    I am used to seeing helicopters fly over my house every summer taking injured surfers to Treliske. And we all pay for that service and subsequent hospital costs. Few wave-watchers EVER trouble the rescue services. Surfers cost us all a fortune. EVERY ONE who requires saving from the surf should pay for their rescue and treatment.

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  • JohnEP  |  February 08 2014, 11:39AM

    'First Impressions' you are incorrect in what you say. 'Phenomenal' is an official term used by the authorities to describe wave height. In the case of the warning for today it means that waves of over 14 metres are forecast and are certainly not normal. This level of wave height is very rare in the UK and is seen more off the Orkneys. These waves coupled with the 70-80 mph winds forecast later will make the conditions very dangerous. Below is the official table of wave height descriptions from The Met Office Site: Sea state Smooth - Wave height less than 0.5 m Slight - Wave height of 0.5 to 1.25 m Moderate - Wave height of 1.25 to 2.5 m Rough - Wave height of 2.5 to 4.0 m Very rough - Wave height of 4.0 to 6.0 m High - Wave height of 6.0 to 9.0 m Very high - Wave height of 9.0 to 14.0 m Phenomenal - Wave height more than 14.0 m

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  • cornishgirl  |  February 08 2014, 11:15AM

    "Stay away from the coast" "Do not go wave watching" Just the sort of thing to encourage the idiots to go and put other peoples lives in danger. Totally agree with First Impressions.

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  • First Impressions  |  February 08 2014, 10:43AM

    Why use these words.....phenomenal is completely inappropriate and worries people. We live by the sea.....in winter the sea can be rough and powerful. So, just report the weather normally and say conditions will be windy and the sea rough. It's normal for this time of the year and happens every year. Come June the weather people will be saying...it's going to be hot ..... very hot. Jeez.

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