Storm Imogen: What’s happened & what’s to come?

EW Storm4 21-10-14SINCE striking the seafront last night, Storm Imogen has been lashing the town with high winds (gusts have almost reached 70mph) and the promenade with a torrent of water. Videos from residents in seafront halls have shown waves crashing against sea walls and drenching properties up to the second floor.

Students have been evacuated to Penbryn or instructed to stay with friends further into town, with another update due at 21:00 with further instructions for the rest of the night. The University has advised that students pack for an overnight stay and is offering a bus ride up to the campus and a meal at the Penbryn halls.

Emily Stratton of the seafront Ceredigion hall had to rush to find somewhere to stay after the emergency bus was pushed ahead from 20:00 to 18:00, catching many unprepared, saying:

“It’s been awful all day on the seafront. The last lectures of the day were cancelled so I’ve grabbed a sleeping bag and found a friend’s flat I can stay at, but we don’t know if we’ll be back tonight.”

Pro-Vice Chancellor Rebecca Davies e-mailed with information for all students to observe tonight and with instructions for those along Marine Terrace:

This evening the seafront in Aberystwyth continues to experience high winds from Storm Imogen, and the high tide is due at 20:00.

Therefore, following advice from Natural Resources Wales and Ceredigion Council we are asking all students who live on the seafront (in our accommodation or in private sector) to come up to Penbryn where we are offer a free evening meal whilst the storm and high tide pass.

Please continue to take care, and stay away from the seafront. The waves can carry large stones, which can be carried up and cause serious injury. If you are a resident of the Seafront Halls, please keep curtains closed and continue to use the rear entrance/exits of the residence.

We anticipate re-opening residences later this evening after the high tide has passed and will email you with an update around 21:00.

Union President Lewis Donnelly tweeted to remind students of the severity of the situation:

Should you need any further support, the University urge students to contact the University’s 24 hour emergency hotline on 01970 622900.

20:57 – EDIT : Pro-Vice Chancellor Rebecca Davies has informed students they are now free to return to seafront residencies, though to remain aware of the dangers of high winds and high tide on the promenade.