Porthcawl faces the first blast of winter
THE ferocious force of the sea was captured by photographer Steve Jones as stormy weather hit South Wales with gales reaching almost 60mph.
Steve, a deputy launch authority for the Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat, went to the seafront early on Monday as gales whipped up the water.
He captured this picture of backwash coming off the often photographed pier and dwarfing the world-famous lighthouse.
He said: “The pier backwash picture was taken at about 8am Monday, two hours before high water.
“It was taken from a safe place on the rocks alongside the National Coastwatch Tower.
“Chris Page, one of our lifeboat crew who looks after our lifeboat webcam and weather station, informed me that the highest wind speed on Monday was 58mph at 6.58am.”
Steve said anyone wanting to check out the waves in Porthcawl without getting wet can go to the lifeboat’s webcam at www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk/live-streaming
But he warned anyone venturing out to take pictures in storms to stay safe.
More bad weather was due to hit the area on Wednesday morning thanks to the first named storm of the year, Storm Aileen, which was expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain.
The Met Office said the outlook for Thursday to Saturday is breezy and cool with showers, possibly with hail.
This spectacular picture of the backwash off Porthcawl Pier during Monday’s stormy weather was taken by Steve Jones from Porthcawl RNLI