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Storm Ciara warning from ITN - Harry is on the case

On the eve of Storm Ciara I received a phone call from ITN Westcountry news asking if I would say a few words on the evening news on Friday (Feb 7). Never one to shy away from a bit of publicity, I said I'd do it.

Cobb storm for Ciara 09-02-20It involved meeting the weather girl, Kate Haskell, outside the Lyme Regis lifeboat station with the ITN Outside Broadcasting team and understanding what they wanted. This was to send out a warning to anyone coming to the coast this weekend to take a good look at just what 70mph winds would do to the sea and state what that looked like. The message was: "Please don't get too near the water anywhere in the next few days, as the sea conditions are going to be extreme. If anyone gets too close, thinking they are safe, severe accidents can happen and no-one can save you if you fall in."

The usual winter work is going ahead on my boats. We have passed the cleaning stage and the rubbing down bit and have moved on to the painting. But, but, but the weather is awful, rain and gales most days. So Bob and I have to take chances and get a coat of paint on even when it's not looking as settled as we would like. Global warming is definitely here as we have just experienced the wettest and wildest autumn and winter yet. In a few weeks Marie F and Sunbeam will be back in the water all spick and span ready to offer the public Lyme Regis mackerel fishing and Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips from the Cobb once again as the 2020 season opens.

Published on 09/02/2020.

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