Great Yarmouth on flood alert

Emergency services pump out flood water near the Suspension bridge pub after the storm surge at Grea

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 - Credit: Archant Norfolk

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

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. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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.

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.

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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.