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Great Yarmouth on flood alert

PUBLISHED: 10:51 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 21 October 2014

Emergency services pump out flood water near the Suspension bridge pub after the storm surge at Great Yarmouth in December 2013. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Emergency services pump out flood water near the Suspension bridge pub after the storm surge at Great Yarmouth in December 2013. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Great Yarmouth is on flood alert with the combination of high tide, a sea surge and high winds putting the coastline at risk.

Just three days ago, Yarmouth was the warmest place in England with highs of 22C. 
Dog walkers making the most of the sunshine on the beach on Saturday.Just three days ago, Yarmouth was the warmest place in England with highs of 22C. Dog walkers making the most of the sunshine on the beach on Saturday.

The Environment Agency said high tide is due to hit at 9.30pm tonight and could cause flooding as it combines with high winds and an autumn tidal surge.

The EA said: “We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds. We are expecting to issue this alert again for Wednesday morning’s tide.

“We will continue to monitor levels closely and update this message as necessary.”

The predicted tide level is 0.86m and the forecast surge is 1.12m - making the forecasted tide level is 1.98m.

Keeping an eye out

• The service is planning to ensure it is ready to help communities in case the weather causes disruption. A spokesman said: “The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for the winds which covers all of Norfolk, along with the northern half of Suffolk and the northern two thirds of Cambridgeshire.”

He said wind gusts may exceed 50mph for a time. Some disruption to transport may occur, also possibly to power supplies, whilst some trees may be blown over.

• East of England Ambulance Trust spokesman Matt Broad said: “We are monitoring the weather forecast closely and have been since early indications of adverse weather was advised last week. As with other periods of strong winds and rain, we do urge the public to consider taking extra care when travelling in difficult driving conditions or working outside”.

The current warning has been issued for the ‘Norfolk coastline at Great Yarmouth’ but there are no warnings in place for the River Bure or seafront, areas badly hit during the December 5 storm last year along with Hemsby and Caister-on-Sea.

To keep up to date with EA warnings, visit environment-agency.gov.uk.

Meanwhile, drivers across Norfolk are being warned to take extra care today as the tail end of the former hurricane which battered Bermuda in recent days is moving across the country and will hit parts of this region later today briging with it heavy wind and rain.

Forecasters said gusts of up to 60mph could hit coastal areas of Norfolk later today with the high winds remaining in place until after midnight.

Dan Holley, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said it was “fairly breezy” at the moment with winds of between 35mph and 40mph in many places but revealed by later this afternoon winds on the coast would reach between 55mph and 60mph and those inland about 45mph.


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