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RNLI 'High Surf Warning' ahead of Storm Hannah

RNLI 'High Surf Warning' ahead of Storm Hannah

Published by Emma Carton at 7:29am 26th April 2019. (Updated at 4:30pm 26th April 2019)

The RNLI has issued a so-called High Surf Warning for Cornwall as Storm Hannah bears down.

Crews are predicting waves of over 3m on the north coast and some exposed spots on the south.

Tidal surges and rip currents are on the cards too, with gales of up to 70mph set to hit from Friday night.

The charity is urging people to stick to life-guarded beaches but says it is likely some will be red-flagged.

What is a High Surf Warning?

"A 'High Surf Warning' is issued to warn that dangerous surf conditions are expected.

"High Surf Warnings are only issued when the conditions around our coastline exceed a threshold that is considered too dangerous for people to enter the water, no matter what their level of competence.

"That does not mean that it is safe at all other times; all water users need to be aware of their own capability and the conditions".


The latest warning from the RNLI will be in force from 6am on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.

What action should be taken?

"Each warning will be issued with guidance on how to stay safe during the warning period.

"Usually the recommendation will be to only visit a life-guarded beach and obey lifeguard instructions, but there may also be advice for other water users such as anglers that will not be using a life-guarded beach but also need to be aware of the warning".


What beaches will be life-guarded?

Lifeguard patrolled beaches are limited to Sennen Cove, Porthmeor and Fistral on Friday 26th April.

Lifeguard patrolled beaches include Praa Sands, Sennen Cove, Porthmeor, Hayle, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Fistral, Towan, Watergate, Harlyn, Constantine, Polzeath, Widemouth Bay, Summerleaze, Croyde and Woolacombe on Saturday 27th April.

What is the latest forecast?

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds, in force from 9pm on Friday until 3pm on Saturday.

It is predicting possible power cuts, travel disruption and huge waves along the coasts.

"Strong winds will push from west to east across parts of south Wales and south-west England late Friday, then across parts central southern England through Saturday.

"Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely around exposed coasts of south Wales and south-west England, whilst gusts of 45-55 mph are likely across more inland parts of central and southern England on Saturday".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch how to be prepared...

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