Terrifying moment Storm Barra hits lighthouse with 9-metre waves and 110mph wind

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A lighthouse keeper has shared his terrifying footage of the powerful impact of Storm Barra that he captured when he turned up for work.

Ronnie O'Driscoll, who works for RNLI Kinsale, showed viewers what it is like to work under extreme weather conditions while being stationed at Fastnet Lighthouse, 6.5km south-west of Cape Clear Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

"We came out last Friday for maintenance work and we were supposed to be coming home on Tuesday but then everything was called off due to Storm Barra," Ronnie's colleague, Paul Barron, told the Irish Examiner.

"Hopefully, the chopper will be back out to us on Thursday."

Footage shared on Facebook shows dramatic scenes as they watch the huge waves slam into the wall of the lighthouse tower.

The Fastnet lighthouse is hit by strong wind gusting up to 110 miles an hour as Storm Barra makes landfall at Ireland and wrecks havoc further inland.

Ronnie said the tower was hit by waves as high as nine metres tall, adding: "I’m sure it has survived bigger storms and events than this!

"But when I filmed the video of the storm all that stood between me and elements was those little panes of glass."

RNLI Kinsale shared the clip along with a warning message: "Beautiful but treacherous. Please stay away from coastal areas as the sea remains highly unpredictable."

Many viewers asked Ronnie and his colleagues to stay safe inside the lighthouse.

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One said: "That’s what Hurricane force winds look like!"

"I thought we'd got it bad over here, but that's awful!" a second wrote and a third penned: "Amazing! It must be quite the experience out there. Hope things are ok with you."

The crew gave updates yesterday, showing the waves battering the rocks and the water covering the helipad.

"Don't think the Fastnet Lighthouse will be using the helipad today," they added.

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