Strong winds and waves as high as 27ft batter UK

Waves crash onto the promenade between Fleetwood and Blackpool as high tides and huge waves hit the west coast of the UK. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Strong winds and waves - some as high as 27 feet - have battered the UK bringing fresh fears of coastal flooding.

Further heavy rain is also increasing the risk of more problems inland. Ministers say it's a "complex problem" but have warned insurance companies to provide help quickly.

Today the government also confirmed seven people have died since storms first hit, just before Christmas. And with 17,000 homes still flooded, the Environment Secretary warned there's more bad weather on the way.

Water covers the coastal roads at Clevelys near Blackpool as large waves crash over the sea defences. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Waves crash onto the promenade between Fleetwood and Blackpool as high tides and huge waves hit the west coast of the UK. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Waves crash onto the promenade between Fleetwood and Blackpool. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Waves crash against the Aberystwyth coastline. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
High waves surge towards the Aberystwyth coastline. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The damage in Aberystwyth following violent storms and gale force winds. Credit: Antony Stone/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Much of the Aberystwyth seafront has been reduced to rubble following violent storms. Credit: Antony Stone/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Members of the public watch from a safe distance as waves crash against the Aberystwyth coastline. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images