Spring tides trigger floods warning


Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Strong winds and high tides are set to bring large waves to parts of the country this weekend as coastal communities brace themselves for floods.

Gusts of 50mph alongside higher than average spring tides could mean stormy weather, and travel disruption, across many of the UK’s seaside towns and villages, the Environment Agency said.

Alerts have been issued for the north west coast right through to Monday, while the north east is likely to see flooding in low-lying land today, it said.

The east coast, and parts of the south coast as well as Devon, Cornwall and the Bristol Channel may see some disruption from today through to Monday, it added.

There will be little let-up for those in the west of the country as strong winds tomorrow are expected to bring a continued risk of large waves into Monday.

Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We are monitoring the situation closely with the Met Office and will issue flood alerts and warnings as required.

“It’s possible we could see some large waves and spray and urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water.”

He advised people to check the Environment Agency website at gov.uk and their @EnvAgency Twitter feed for the latest updates.

Meanwhile snow and ice warnings have been issued for northern and north-western areas of the UK, with potential blizzard conditions in-store over higher ground including the northern Pennines and Cumbria.

Up to 2ins of snow could fall in some parts which, combined with gusts of more than 50mph, could create localised blizzard conditions, Simon Partridge of the Met Office said.

“The whole of the country will experience strong winds and severe gales over the course of tomorrow, meaning it will be a wet and windy day for many – and a snowy and windy day for northern parts,” said Mr Partridge.

Strong winds and blustery showers are forecast for the early part of next week, with a risk of hail and thunder.

“Winter is not over just yet,” Mr Partridge added.

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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