Aberystwyth Promenade damaged after storm

Photo - Tomos Nolan

Photo – Tomos Nolan

HUGE WAVES have damaged Aberystwyth’s seafront after a storm hit on Saturday evening (2nd), dumping shingles on the promenade and causing difficulties in the lives of many students and locals.

The huge surges of water, which were filmed and posted on the web, hit the promenade from around 7:30pm, damaging the coast. Some of the seafront businesses, including hotels and a gym are said to have suffered from  basement flooding, which forced temporary closures. The massive waves deposited tonnes of sand and stones which covered the entire seafront, causing problems to cars and pedestrians.

According to BBC reports,  around 10,000 homes and businesses across South and West Wales experienced power shortages as powerful winds roared up to 89mph at the peak of the storm.  Ceredigion Council workers, along with engineers, were involved in the clean-up operations and reconstruction of power lines all across Wales. There were also many trees brought down by the storm crashing onto the cars, but however there were no serious injuries reported. Overnight, eleven flood warnings remained in place in coastal areas.

Photo - Tomos Nolan

Photo – Tomos Nolan

The wind speed was critically high, considering the highest recorded wind speed in Wales was 124mph, registered in 1989.

This having been said, it must be noted that Wales is considered as one of the windier parts of the UK, with the strongest winds in the hills and along the coasts. These winds are associated with extreme differences in atmospheric pressure close to or across the UK. The frequency and strength of these depressions is greatest in autumn-winter, especially from November to February. Hence, the population of Aberystwyth, student and locals alike,  should be always on the alert for extreme conditions.