Featured image: Martina Gardiner’s Stormy Day at Malin Head, 2019
The public is being warned to take extra care this weekend with the arrival of Storm Arwen.
The storm will cause dangerous winds and treacherous conditions along the coast from Friday afternoon.
Forecasters are warning that the Inishowen Peninsula will see the worst of the gusts.
The worst conditions will last from 3pm tomorrow (Friday) and until Saturday morning, with gusts of up to 90 to 110 km/hr, and higher on the north facing coast. This area will also see possible wave and spray overtopping at times of High tide during the night.
The RNLI is urging people to take extra care over the coming days as Storm Arwen makes its approach from the early hours of tomorrow (Friday morning).
With high winds and large seas anticipated on Friday and Saturday, the RNLI is urging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers. The charity is asking people not to take unnecessary risks – breaking waves can easily sweep you off your feet and out to sea.
Kevin Rahill, RNLI Water Safety Lead said: ‘Storm Arwen could make visiting our coasts treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions. The RNLI would advise people to stay out of the water during these stormy conditions. Swimming in large waves and rough seas can be dangerous where currents can drag someone away from the shore and in addition to that, the rough weather can make it difficult to spot someone in the water should they get into difficulty. Large waves can also make exiting the water difficult and increase the risk of injury’
‘While stormy conditions may be tempting to watch, it is important to remember the sea is very dangerous and unpredictable and big waves can easily knock you off your feet. We would urge people to stay well back from the edge to avoid being swept in by large waves crashing over rocks and piers. As well as the risk of being swept into the sea, large waves can often undermine cliff edges and make them unstable. If you think someone is in danger, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”