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3/23/2008

Giant waves batter coastline

Great Britain
Scores of onlookers watched in awe as giant waves pounded the Suffolk coastline Saturday afternoon. Around 50 people braved the cold and gathered along the promenade in Felixstowe as the sea breached defences and flooded the nearby gardens. The spectacular sight was caused by strong winds which whipped the water into a frenzy and caused waves, some as high as 10 feet, to crash into the beach. "I've seen it like this before in October last year - it's very dramatic to watch.”

SOME OF THE HIGHEST WAVES IN RECENT HISTORY reached a staggering 72 knots at Redcar Friday, blasting over the sea wall and across the Esplanade. Many visitors to the town were drenched in the unseasonal waves and a number of youngsters had to be warned of the dangers of the sea. “The sea was coming over the wall and right across the road. Cars were having to stop as the waves were coming across. It’s ONE OF THE HIGHEST WE'VE EVER SEEN. It was coming in at 72 knots yesterday which is hurricane force. Today it is still around 50 knots which is the equivalent of a severe storm. It tends to happen when we have a northerly gale coming down the coast."

Coastguards Saturday warned wave watchers they could be putting their lives at risk dodging the huge seas. Officials spoke to people along the Sunderland and County Durham coast about the dangers of getting too close. The Coastguard patrolled the seafront to move on wave watchers and youngsters risking their lives playing near 100ft waves crashing down on Seaham pier. Waves were three times the size of the lighthouse. Sunderland, Scarborough, Whitby and Kettleness were hightlighted as danger areas by the Coastguard because of the wild weather. The huge North Sea waves were stirred up by northerly winds blowing down from the Arctic, and forecast to send temperatures plummeting across much of Britain this Easter. The whole North Wales coast was also pounded by high seas Saturday, whipped up by gale force north-westerly winds gusting to more than 42mph. Image Above: The harbour wall and lighthouse at Seaham take a battering from huge North Sea waves stirred up by northerly winds blowing down from the Arctic, forecast to send temperatures plummeting across much of Britain this Easter.
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