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Flood warning issued for Felixstowe in Suffolk

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay.

"Properties are expected to flood at Bawdsey Quay and in front of the flood defences at Felixstowe Ferry. We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds. This warning is in force until 1:30am on the 22 October 2014. We will continue to monitor levels closely."

– Environment Agency

The forecast high water is due at Harwich at 11.30pm on 21 October 2014.

By 1pm, the Environment Agency had issued two Flood Warnings and seven of the lower level Flood Alert

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region by noon

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in force for strong winds in the aftermath of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo. They are expected to peak in the Anglia region during Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Satellite and rainfall radar image taken at noon on Tuesday 21 October 2014 Credit: Met Office

Highest gusts in the Anglia region before noon on Tuesday 21 October

  • 51 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 51 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 49 mph at Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 48 mph at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 47 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 45 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 45 mph at Wittering, Cambs

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UK Power Networks braced for extreme weather

Power lines could be affected if they are damaged by falling debris in extreme weather, UK Power Networks have warned.

The region is so far facing no widespread power interruptions, but UK Power Networks are monitoring the weather and are in regular contact with the Met Office.

Customers who need to report power cuts or damaged power lines are urged to call the UK Power Networks free helpline on 0800 783 8838.

Travel misery as storm blows in

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo have blown into Britain, causing rush-hour travel misery for road, rail and air travellers with a section of the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire closed due to an overturned lorry.

Crashed lorry on the A1(M). Credit: BCH Roads Policing Unit

"The area of rainy, windy weather will move eastwards, varying in intensity across the UK, with the strongest gusts on the coasts. We can expect gusts up to 65mph in the north west, and up to 50mph in central and eastern parts of England."

– Sean Penston, MeteoGroup

East Anglia rail passengers had a particularly difficult morning.

The 8am Norwich to London train broke down, leading to long delays for passengers on that route.

The Greater Anglia train company warned that services between Norwich and London could be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.

A broken-down train near Radlett in Hertfordshire caused delays of up to 40 minutes to services between London and Luton.

Fire engine struggles to squeeze through side street

It took the fire engine five minutes to squeeze through the street. Credit: Cambridgeshire fire and rescue service

Cambridgeshire Fire Service is asking drivers to park more considerately after a fire engine struggled to squeeze through a narrow street in Huntingdon.

The crew who were performing fire prevention work in the area had to clear several cars parked tightly on Avenue street.

The Fire Service have warned that this delay could have shaved valuable minutes off an emergency response time, had this been an 999 call.

They have asked motorists to ensure that they leave enough room for emergency vehicles when parking in busy side streets.

Met Office yellow warning for strong winds extended

The yellow weather warning for strong winds has been extended across the UK. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds has been extended until 8pm on Tuesday evening and now covers all areas of the Anglia region.

"Gales, and more locally severe gales, are expected to affect much of the country on Tuesday, and this update extends the warning across southern counties.

"Gusts of 40-50, locally more than 50 mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70 mph gusts in some exposed coastal areas, locally higher on hills and headlands."

– Met Office

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Flood warning issued for Walcott on the Norfolk coast

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Norfolk coast near Walcott. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency has issued its first Flood Warning for the Norfolk coast for the ex-Hurricane Gonzalo storm which is battering parts of the UK.

Walcott on the Norfolk coast between Cromer and Great Yarmouth has been prone to coastal flooding in the past.

The Flood Warning covers the Norfolk Coast from Keswick to Ostend including Walcott.

"We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds.

"Properties are at risk on Sea View, Ann Stannard Way, Keswick Way, Walcott Road in Keswick. The Coast Road, St Helen's Road, Helena Road, Poplar Drive, Archibald Drive, Lynton Road, The Crescent and Ostend Place in Walcott. Seaview Crescent, Ostend Gap, Ostend Road and Horizon Views in Ostend."

– Environment Agency

The forecast high water is due at Cromer at 6:45pm on the 21 October 2014.

Lower level Flood Alerts have been issued for Lowestoft to Bawdsey in Suffolk, Southwold and Great Yarmouth.

High tide times around the East Anglian coast

These are the high tide times for locations around the coast of East Anglia on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

  • 5.44 pm at Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • 5.56 pm at King's Lynn, Norfolk
  • 6.09 pm at Cromer, Norfolk
  • 8.20 pm at Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier
  • 8.50 pm at Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 9.21 pm at Lowestoft, Suffolk
  • 11.17 pm at Felixstowe, Suffolk
  • 11.17 pm at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 11.28 pm at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
  • 00.08 am at Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Flood alert issued in Great Yarmouth for evening high tide

A flood alert has been issued for Great Yarmouth in Norfolk Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the Great Yarmouth area for Tuesday evening's high tide at 9.30pm.

A Flood Alert is the lowest form of warning and means be prepared because flooding is possible.

"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. The forecast high water is due at Great Yarmouth at 9:30pm on the 21st October 2014. The predicted astronomical tide level is 0.86 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.12 m. The forecast tide level is 1.98 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 9.

– Environment Agency
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