The Met Office has issued a severe gale warning
for most of the country, and says disruption to transport and power supplies is possible.
Chris Coulter, Coastguard sector manager for Whitby, said that at the time of the tragedy there was a Force 8 gale warning
and a strong gale warning
at sea had been issued in the area.
The idea was abandoned after yesterdays gale warning
, because it was feared the mounts may have spooked.
However, Met Eireann maintained its gale warning
for all coasts of Ireland and the Irish Sea overnight.
The severe gale warning
, which covers much of Britain, was in force from 9pm last night until this afternoon.
A severe gale warning
has been issued for much of Britain from 9pm tonight until tomorrow afternoon.
The Met Office issued a severe gale warning
for much of Britain from 9pm tonight until tomorrow afternoon.
A coastguard spokesman said: "There's a gale warning
in place across the Irish Sea.
The disaster had an effect on the development of the Meteorological Office as Captain Robert Fitzroy, who was in charge of the office at the time, brought in the first gale warning
As the water reached shallower depths, the waves receded a bit - but when combined with Tuesday morning's gale warning
, storm-watching was in top form.
There is a gale warning
in place on waters from Fair Head to Carlingford Lough to Mizen Head and on the Irish Sea.