Porth­cawl faces the first blast of win­ter

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page -

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

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