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Coastguard issues Storm Barbara safety warning for people living near the coast

By Emma Gunby at

With widespread disruption anticipated as Storm Barbara approaches, the Coastguard has issued a coastal safety warning.

A yellow wind warning has been issued for Merseyside today with gusts of 60 to 70 mph expected later today.

High tide is expected just before 7pm bringing the possibility of some disruption along West Kirby’s waterfront.

Storm Clodagh batters West Kirby promenade

Storm Clodagh batters West Kirby promenade

The coastguard warned people living near the coast to think twice before going out in the strong winds.

Coastal Operations Area Commander Ross Greenhill said:  “If you’re on the coastline, think twice about going out. And however dramatic it looks, don’t be tempted to take pictures by putting yourself at risk.

“A dramatic photograph or selfie is not worth risking your life for. If you are out and about, keep a careful watch on the incoming tide so that you don’t get cut off. Make sure you have a means to call for help like a fully charged phone.

“We’re aware though that even the best laid plans and most carefully thought out voyage can go wrong. If you get into trouble call the Coastguard, by either dialling 999 or using one of the normal channels to call us.”

You can check marine weather at this link: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/marine and tides at this link: http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide