Waves lash east coast as sea shows strength

AN EXTRA warning sign was put up yesterday after stormy seas catapulted part of a tree trunk into railings on the Castle Breakwater.

A large tree trunk (to the bottom left of this picture) was thrown onto the Castle Breakwater, bending the stainless steel railings, on yesterday morning's high tide. (Picture by Tony Rive)
A large tree trunk (to the bottom left of this picture) was thrown onto the Castle Breakwater, bending the stainless steel railings, on yesterday morning's high tide. (Picture by Tony Rive)

AN EXTRA warning sign was put up yesterday after stormy seas catapulted part of a tree trunk into railings on the Castle Breakwater.

The lower stainless steel bar was bent by the force of the impact.

Harbour master Captain Peter Gill said the trunk was removed yesterday and a temporary sign was put in place to warn the public of the danger on the breakwater – joining a permanent one already in place.

‘When the wind is of that strength and direction, these are the things that you expect to happen,’ he said.

With a 9.9 metre tide this morning and a forecast of south-westerly winds of force five to six, gusting to 40mph near showers, the Environment Department has closed the coast road at Perelle where the sea wall collapsed in October.

Comments for: "Waves lash east coast as sea shows strength"

Ed

Expect much more of this as the century continues...

Does anybody think that it may be too late for mitigation strategies?

notsostoopid

No not at all, this has been going on from well before the days that us humans can remember, it just looks bad against man made structures, nothings changed !!!!

Ed

Yes, but anthropogenic warming is amplifying these natural events, thereby increasing the 'hazard' element of the hazard risk equation.

notsostoopid

Yes you could try and be clever and put it this way, but then your only trying to change the face of the statement that was originally placed, and that is why most people dont get the reality of the situation. reality being that, unlesss we stop being (as humans) so stupid, and making up spin, and also structures that make the natural world seem different from the past,we will never understand the simpleness of it all.

Ectopudding

Don't worry, the way the island's run, everybody will have deserted long before it all crumbles into the sea.

John

9.9mtr tide - how is it measured.

Ray

John

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide

Peter

This is nothing to what is comming when the 10 meter high Tsunami hits our shores.

http://rense.com/general13/tidal.htm

GM

Peter

Not worth worrying about that one. If it happens, no amount of planning will stop catastrophic damage!

Ed

Peter

I have watched a documentary and have seen several articles on that doomsday scenario, they have happened on several occasions in the past- a 100 foot tsunami was believed to have inundated much of the Mediterranean in circa 6,000 BC. Unfortunately, it's impossible for humankind to prevent them, yet, to a degree, we have the capacity to mitigate their effects. Guernsey, due to being a small island, is, unfortunately, just one of the striking areas of which the effects will be most acute.

Phil

Would we not be protected by France in such a scenario? Would the wave not continue in a northerly direction, rather than turning right into the Channel?

Neil

It's Guernsey, it's winter, there was a rare high tide with a southerly gale on top of it. Happens every 2 or 3 years.

Not an indicator of impending doom or biblical floods.

This realy, really, really, really isn't news.

Charlie

Not really news perhaps, but what a fantastic photo!

PLP

So....you're saying I don't need to build an ark then Neil?

Peter

An ark is No good. But a hot air balloon anchored to the ground would be alright until the wave had gone.

You can get one delivered for about £1400 on the net.

confused

Peter

Suggest it's anchored over a States Meeting - would keep it up there for ever!

MILLY

NEIL,IF YOU DO BUILD AN ARK,PLEASE NO BANKERS ON IT.