December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ships in and around Norfolk and Suffolk’s seas are being warned of the gale force winds that are expected to batter the region tonight and tomorrow.
Humber Coastguard said it is broadcasting regular warnings to shipping in the area, and some boats had already made the decision to wait out the wild weather out the storm’s path.
Mike Green, watch manager, said: “We’re reiterating what the Met Office is saying. We’re aware of a number of ships that are coming into anchor to ride out the worst of the weather.
“A few are just tucked in as far north as Scarborough. They’re making contingency plans.
“They, like everybody else, will be guided by the Met Office and their own judgement.”
The sea conditions are expected to be worse south of Gibraltar Point, off the Lincolnshire Coast, with winds reaching 11 (violent storm) on the Beaufort scale.
Mr Green said: “North of Gibraltar Point is giving nine - 10, south is nine - 11. The worst of the weather is expected to the south of Gibraltar Point, which will affect Norfolk and Suffolk.”
“We ensure that all our teams are fully informed of the situation,” he added. “We’ll inform people in Skegness and all the way around, the weather is expected to be extremely poor and they will make arrangements as they feel necessary in the local area.”
In Cromer, customers with tickets to tonight’s show at the Pavilion Theatre at the end of the pier have been calling to ensure it is going ahead.
Staff have assured theatre-goers the world premier of Snow White by the Vienna Festival Ballet will be going on as planned.
The RNLI, meanwhile has urged people to heed safety warnings ahead of the potential storm force winds.
The charity hopes people will do the “sensible thing” and stay away from the sea and advised boat owners to makes their vessels secure, if they have not already.
Colin Williams, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, said: “The forecasters have given us plenty of warning so hopefully people will be doing the sensible thing and staying away from the sea tonight.
“The worst of the storm should hit overnight so we are not expecting too many people to be out and about at the coast. However, we would urge anyone by the sea, on cliffs, jetties and any other exposed areas at the coast to be extremely cautious.
“The sea is always unpredictable but there will be big seas tonight with large waves washing over piers and promenades. These could easily swamp people and wash them out to sea.”
Cromer Lifeboat operations manager Richard Leeds said as the storm was coming from the south west, the town would be protected by the cliffs and coast, but the crew were always on 24/7 alert.
“It’s going to cause some structural damage if it’s going to be that vicious,” he added. “Inshore as such it will be fairly sheltered, it’s the offshore bits that are going to be probably slightly rougher.”
Paul Garrod, chairman of Caister’s independent lifeboat, urged anyone thinking of going out to sea tomorrow to think twice.
He said: “Surely no one will want to be out there tomorrow sailing or anything.
“We’re used to a bit of wind on the east coast but they reckon it’s going to be exceptionally strong.”
Mr Garrod said the crew had battened down the hatches at the lifeboat shed to ensure all the equipment was safe, and they would be on call as usual.