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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


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

Wind gusts in the Anglia region at 8am

Sustained wind speeds at 8am on Tuesday measured in knots (20 knots = 23 mph, 30 knots = 35 mph) Credit: Met Office
  • 39 mph at Weybourne in north Norfolk
  • 39 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 38 mph at Holbeach, Lincs
  • 32 mph at Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 32 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 31 mph at Thurleigh near Bedford
  • 31 mph at Wittering, Cambs

The summit of Cairn Gorm in Scotland saw a wind gust of 82 mph in the hour to 8am.


Delays on Greater Anglia trains because of 'poor rail conditions'

There are delays on the Norwich to London rail line because of "poor rail conditions" at Stowmarket.

Abellio Greater Anglia says there could be hold-ups of up to 15 minutes on services from Ipswich, Clacton, Colchester, Braintree and Norwich.

"Customers are advised Network Rail have their Railhead Treatment Train operating over Greater Anglia route and are doing everything possible to reduce delays to train services. We thank you for your patience and understanding."

– Abellio Greater Anglia

Strongest winds from ex-Gonzalo storm expected later

The strongest winds from the storm formed from the remnants of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo are expected in the Anglia region during Tuesday afternoon.

Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected, particularly on the coast, once the storm centre moves into the North Sea. Big waves are expected on the north Norfolk coast later.

Wind gusts recorded in the Anglia region at 7am

  • 38 mph at Wittering, Cambs
  • 36 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 35 mph at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 35 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 33 mph at Marham, Norfolk

The highest winds gusts across the UK so far have been 70 mph at The Needles on the Isle of Wight and Aberdaron in Wales

Tracking the storm across the Atlantic towards Britain

The Met Office computer animation shows a satellite sequence of the storm, which contains the remnants of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo, crossing the Atlantic and heading towards Britain.

The computer then forecasts the track of the storm over the next 24 hours.

Low risk of coastal flooding as storm sweeps in

Environment Agency says low risk of coastal flooding in Norfolk and Suffolk. Credit: EMPICS Entertainment

Remnants of Ex-Hurricane Gonzalo are set to arrive in Britain bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Gusts of up to 75mph in coastal areas and 65mph inland are expected bringing disruption in some areas, particularly to travel.

Despite the stormy conditions, the Environment Agency is expecting only minor coastal flooding in Norfolk and Suffolk.

"During the period of high tides Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, a combination of large waves, strong winds and large coastal surge brings a medium likelihood of minor coastal flooding impacts to parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, bringing a low overall coastal flood risk to these counties.

Other eastern coasts, along with the north-west coasts of England and Wales, may see isolated minor coastal flooding impacts, however the likelihood for any one location is low giving an overall very low coastal flood risk for these locations.

Impacts are likely to include spray/wave overtopping in coastal areas that may affect roads, promenades and perhaps individual properties."

– Environment Agency
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