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Friday 28 October 2016

Storm Henry's power on show as it forces waterfall to flow up cliff face

David Kearns

Published 02/02/2016 | 12:03

The full fury of Storm Henry was evident today as its powerful gales could be seen forcing a waterfall to flow backwards up a cliff face.

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The bizarre sight was captured on a stretch of sea along the coast of Mull Island in Scotland.

In the footage, the water, which usually flows off island's south western cliffs, can be seen rising into the air before it is pushed back on to land by winds upwards of 130 kmh.

In Ireland, Storm Henry reached its peak late last night and average winds of 65kmh to 80kmh, though gusts of almost 130kmh are understood to have been recorded off Donegal.

Read More: Hundreds of Dublin ESB customers in the dark as Storm Henry downs power lines with 130 km/hr gales

The eighth Atlantic storm of the season, the powerful weather system left almost 5,000 homes without power this morning when it hit the north and north-west.

Its high winds managed bring down power lines in Dublin too and caused line faults in Malahide, Portmarnock, Sutton and Ballymun.

Such was the ferocity of the winds that Clare County Council issued a public appeal for people to avoid coastal areas amid safety fears.

Maritime officials also asked people to stay away from the sea, warning that offshore waves were reaching heights of between 12 and 15 metres.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett, recently returned to fisheries protection duties after refugee rescue missions in the Mediterranean, had to take shelter in Lough Swilly as Storm Henry swept the Donegal coast.

Read More: Fresh weather warnings as Storm Henry threatens 15 foot high coastal waves

Met Éireann warned that exceptional wave heights were also expected off exposed coastal areas of Mayo, Galway, Derry and Antrim until early today.

The forecaster said that these winds were expected to ease late during the early hours of this morning.

However, today will be cold and blustery with heavy or prolonged showers of rain or hail, some thundery.

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