You look swell - now, wave for the camera
There was a sting in the tail of Hurricane Tomas for one amateur photographer yesterday.
As strong winds and exceptionally high tides lashed much of the country, he was caught out while taking a picture of raging seas off the coast of Dun Laoghaire and realised too late that a thunderous wave was headed for him.
Despite a desperate race for safety, he was duly drenched.
It came as weather forecasters predicted that raging gale-force winds coupled with rain and pockets of calm would continue for the rest of the week as the weather remains unsettled over much of the country.
The remnants of Hurricane Tomas left a storm depression over southwestern France yesterday that generated gale-force winds over the Irish Sea and along the eastern coast, said Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke.
The winds, of up to 65kmh on land, will die out by this morning only to be replaced by very cold and frosty weather with temperatures hovering below zero and icy patches in places overnight tonight.
But sunny, albeit cold, conditions forecast for later this morning will make today one of the best days of the week before more wet and windy weather is set to return along the Atlantic coast by tonight and tomorrow morning, he said.
"It's going to be very unsettled for the next few days," he said.
Heavy rain is expected to spread eastward by tonight, accompanied by strong to gale-force winds.
We can also expect more wet and windy weather tomorrow with gusts of up to 110kmh across much of the country and gusts of up to 130kmh in the northwest.