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ITV News Anglia reporting on the East Coast storm surge

A number of severe flood warnings are in force around the Anglia coast. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As East Anglia braces itself for a storm surge to hit the coastline at high tide, the ITV News Anglia programme was presented live from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, one of the communities under threat.

There were 17 severe flood warnings in force ahead of the high tide overnight on Friday 13 January into the early hours of Saturday.

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High tide at Great Yarmouth expected at 2130

Watch Malcolm Robertson's report on how Great Yarmouth is preparing for the storm surge.

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark of Norfolk Police said

"It is better to be prepared for all eventualities so I would encourage anyone given advice to evacuate their home to do so, rather than take a risk.

Waves may look impressive, but it is imperative that people stay away from seafront areas tonight and into the weekend, as they will be putting themselves in harm’s way.”

– Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Harbour master posts pictures ahead of high tide

The harbour master of Wells-next-the-Sea has posted images on twitter of the state of the sea an hour before high tide.

The pictures show the sea level has overtopped the harbour wall.

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Residents urged to move to safety

Tide times for tonight
Tide times for tonight

Residents of Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea are being urged to head to rest centres as a severe flood warning remains in place ahead of a high tide tonight.

Around 140 people had registered at the rest centre in Jaywick by 6pm this evening.

Essex Police Chief Inspector Russ Cole said:

"I am extremely grateful to residents for acting on our instruction and evacuating and all partners in Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea for their work to support their communities.

We have seen numbers of people using the rest centres in Jaywick increase steadily during the late afternoon. I know from talking to many people that friends and family are also housing many more people.

I still need anyone who has not yet evacuated their property to do so immediately. The flood warning for high tide after midnight remains at severe and there is a threat to life as a result."

– Essex Police Chief Inspector Russ Cole

Residents evacuated from homes in Norfolk village

Approximately 15 properties are being evacuated in Salthouse in response to severe flood warnings issued for high waters tonight, Norfolk Police have said.

Properties affected by the warning will be visited by Community Flood Wardens, supported by officers from North Norfolk District Council.

Where possible, residents are being advised to make alternative arrangements to stay with family or friends who do not live in affected areas.

'I don't think I will be going anywhere" - not all Jaywick villagers keen on evacuation plans

Villagers in Jaywick are being told to leave their homes by police going door to door - but not everyone has been convinced.

These householders told us they did not plan to evacuate their properties.

One told ITV News Anglia he believed the warnings were "scare tactics" and would "believe it when it happens".

"I don't think we will be going anywhere."

– Jaywick resident.

Lowestoft station to close over flooding fears

No trains will run to or from Lowestoft station from 8pm today. Credit: Department for Transport.

Lowestoft station will be closed tonight at the request of the police as they prepare for potential flooding.

No one will be able to travel to or from the station after around 8pm.

The final service will leave Lowestoft at 8.07pm, heading to Ipswich. The 5pm train from London, 6.13pm from Ipswich and 7.02pm from Norwich will be the last to arrive at the station before it closes.

Police fear tonight's tidal surge will cause flooding which could damage the station, track and signalling equipment.

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