Friday 28 April 2017

Public warned to stay away from piers as strong winds hit the country

Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard
Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard
Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The Irish Coast Guard are warning people to stay away from piers as bitter and strong winds hit Ireland.

People are being urged to "stay back, high and dry" as piers can be very dangerous during stormy conditions.

"Waves are crashing over piers and it can be very dangerous. Stay back from piers and alert the Coast Guards if you see anyone in difficulty."

In particular Howth Coast Guards received a number of calls from people in danger of getting washed off the East Pier.

"Between 10am and 4pm today we are advising the public not to walk the pier, outside these times during the current conditions they should exercise caution and use common sense, if you see the spray of the waves reaching on the pier don’t walk it.

"Waves can be unpredictable, a lull of 10 minutes can be followed by intense waves powerful enough to knock you over and cause injury or wash you off the pier wall.

Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard
Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard

"Remember if you see someone who may get in trouble on the Beach, Cliff or Water call the COAST GUARD on 112/ 999, don't delay or expect someone else to make the call," they said.

Today's temperatures are expected to reach between 7C to 10C, and showers will mostly be reserved for Munster.

A Met Éireann spokesperson said rainfall will ease over the next few days. However, there may be more showers to come next weekend, and outbreaks of rain on Wednesday.

"This is a reverse of what normally happens, normally the wind blows in the other direction, coming in from the Atlantic. It dumps the rain on Connaught and Donegal and parts of Munster," he said. "Very often it's dry on the east coast during the winter, it was visible in Dublin but we're not talking buckets."

Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard
Howth Coast Guards are warning the public about the dangers of piers during stormy weather Photo: Howth Coast Guard

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