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Lucky escape for group in sea during Storm Ophelia

A group of people had a lucky escape at Poppit Sands this morning after going into the water in the height of storm Ophelia.

This is Poppit Sands on a calm day. Credit: Google Street View

The lifeboat crew at Cardigan was paged at 11:18am to a group of people in the water but the volunteer crew were stood down before the lifeboat launched.

The RNLI has since issued a warning about the weather.

Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet. The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.

– Matt Crofts, RNLI Lifesaving Manager

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Met Office upgrades warning for Ophelia's tail

The Met Office has upgraded its warning for parts of Wales from yellow to amber - meaning 'be prepared'.

The warning is valid until 11pm. Credit: Met Office/PA

Road, rail, air and ferry services could be affected as well as some bridge closures as the remnants of Storm Ophelia are set to hit the British Isles.

There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Forecasters say flying debris is likely, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

Warning as ex-hurricane Ophelia's tail approaches Wales

Credit: Met Office/PA

A yellow 'be aware' warning of gales across much of Wales starts at noon with the approach of ex-hurricane Ophelia's tail.

The Met Office says gusts of up to 80 miles an hour could hit the coast. Some ferry services between Holyhead and Ireland have already been cancelled.

The warning ends at midnight.

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