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Storm Dennis: 'Danger to life' alert for Cornish coast

Storm Dennis: 'Danger to life' alert for Cornish coast

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:40pm 15th February 2020. (Updated at 3:06pm 15th February 2020)

Above photo: Magicseaweed

A surfing website is forecasting waves of 15ft or higher for Cornwall as Storm Dennis hits the coast.

The prediction comes a following a week of wild weather; beginning with Storm Ciara last weekend.

Magicseaweed says TWO swells sweeping in from the Atlantic could last the Duchy's coastline.

A double weather warning is in force for gales and heavy rain, along with a string of flood alerts.

Coastguards have posted a warning on Instagram that debris, whipped up by the gales, could pose a danger to life.

"Storm Dennis is bringing strong winds and heavy rain this weekend.

"Avoid coastal paths, promenades, piers, cliff edges, harbour walls or going in the water!

"Don't take risks: Waves are unpredictable - it only takes 15cm of water to knock you off your feet

"No photo is worth your life

"#RespectTheWater - not everyone can be saved.

"Remember, if you see someone in trouble at the coast or in the sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard".

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

What is the forecast from Magicseaweed?

โ€œBoth these systems, particularly the second one, will generate more massive swell for west and northwest exposures, with stormy conditions in northern and mid areas, and cleaner conditions from Biscay southwards.

โ€œThe largest open-ocean wave heights will be in the northwest, but accompanied by the windiest conditions.

"At Mullaghmore the swell jumps to over 20 feet by early Saturday, holding steady and then increasing further during Sunday and holding through Monday. Winds are south-west at first, veering west later, strong to gale force.

โ€œIn Devon, Cornwall and Wales, expect a similar pattern, with the first pulse hitting early Saturday, overlapped by a second, larger one on Sunday which continues through Monday.

"Wave heights at the most exposed spots peak at 15 feet or more and winds are southwest gradually veering west, strong to gale-force".


You can read the full forecast from Magicseaweed here.

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