Moment 'idiot' tourist is swept off her feet by massive wave as she tries to take a selfie in middle of Storm Ciaran | The Sun

THIS is the moment an "idiot" tourist was swept off her feet by a massive wave as she tried to take a selfie in the middle of Storm Ciaran.

The woman was spotted strolling along East Pier in Whitby, North Yorkshire while waves crashed on either side.

She appeared to be oblivious to the storm and even stopped to take a photo – before a monster wave knocked her over.

The drenched tourist sheepishly made her away back to dry ground, stumbling close to the pier's edge.

Another clip showed bodyboarders tackling huge waves off Exmouth in Devon.

HM Coastguard's Steve Hart said: "Our advice is if there is a storm weather warning in place and if you don't need to travel, just stay in.

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"It's not worth risking your life for a picture or a selfie and it's not worth risking our volunteers' lives either.

"They would potentially have to go out on a rescue and pull you out of the water.

"The weather is going to be bad over the next couple of days. If there's no need to travel or to go near the coast, just stay in.

"Keep away from the water's edge and keep away from any flood water. It only takes 12 inches to float a car, and to float yourself away."

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It comes as Brits woke up to scenes of chaos this morning with trees strewn across the roads, roofs pulled off and reports of a tornado.

Much of Britain has been urged to stay safe as the band of stormy weather hit at around 6pm on Wednesday evening – with the wild conditions getting worse.

The government has issued 73 flood warnings and 182 alerts across the UK.

Around 16,000 households in the path of the storm are without power, an Energy Networks Association spokesman told The Sun.

The National Grid said that 8,500 homes in Cornwall were without powers as of this morning.

Local councillor Martyn Alvey told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that workers were scrambling to switch the power back on for "vulnerable people" in coastal areas.

A red warning was issued in Jersey from November 1 through to today, with residents advised to stay home as Jersey Police recorded winds of 104mph.

Aviaries and outdoor enclosures were damaged at the GSPCA animal rescue shelter on nearby Guernsey.

P&O Ferries has cancelled all services from Dover to Calais "until further notice", with flights delayed from some UK airports.

National Highways East said that the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is closed in both directions – with one mile of congestion on either side of the crossing.

The Tornado and Storm Research has warned that the south of England could even be hit by a 90mph twister today.

There have been reports of a tornado in Jersey – but the local weather service is yet to confirm it.

Locals on the island also spotted hailstones "the size of a golf ball" plummeting from the sky.

A new yellow warning has been issued for Saturday, covering London and the south east from 3pm until midnight.

A clip shared online showed the shocking moment a window shattered and blew towards a mother and her baby in St Helier, Jersey's biggest town.

In Dorset holidaymakers had to be rescued in dinghies from their chalets in Burton Bradstock.

A major incident was also declared in Hampshire, Jersey and on the Isle of Wight.

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Forecasters have warned that Storm Ciaran could pose a "risk to life" as winds of up to 80mph are expected in coastal areas.

The storm has already left one person dead in France, where 1.2million homes are without power.

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