A terrifying video shows the full force of Storm Ellen as gales batter the British coastline and sweep inland today.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across England, Wales, and even southern parts of Scotland as the storm whipped up waves and tore up trees and powerlines.
In a clip, recorded by writer Jenny O’Brien on Guernsey, Storm Ellen lashes the island so viciously that waves are sent rushing down the street.
The video shows the sea smashing into the harbour and it appears that the waves are coming very close to flooding homes and businesses that sit precariously-close to the waterside.
Jenny uploaded the video on Twitter where it has been watched hundreds of times, with many shocked viewers warning to be careful.
"Oh wow! Do NOT get swept away. You have books to write!" commented one.
A second joked: "Crikey! I think I'll keep away from the beach today."
"Wow, that's close. Stay dry!" urged a third.
This comes after the Met Office warned that coastal areas could be hit by winds of 70mph during Storm Ellen, and areas inland could reach 50mph, or 60mph near hills.
Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said it was “unusual” to have such a vicious storm in August and said this was why a weather warning was issued.
For instance, people are more likely to be camping and trees topple over more easily in the summer months.
She said: “If we had this set-up say in January or February we probably wouldn’t be issuing a warning, because 40, 50, 60 mphs on the coast isn’t going to do much damage.”
But she warned: “This time of year, when the trees are in full leaf they can be uprooted a lot more easily.”
Ms Salter continued: “Corona aside, there’s a lot of holidaymakers out, people in tents, it’s the weekend, there’s going to be a lot of traffic on the road, a lot of people camping… that’s why we’ve got the warning out.”
Meanwhile, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) water safety lead, Steve Instance, warned that people could die in the "weather bomb" this week.
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