Flood warnings as further storms expected

As further rain and wind is expected, the Thames Barrier has been closed to protect people and property along the river.

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Wind, waves and high tide to bring coastal flooding

We are expecting flooding along the west and south coasts of England and Wales, due to a combination of strong winds, large waves and high tides, from the early hours of Friday and into the weekend.

Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

– Pete Fox, head of strategy, environment agency

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Thames Barrier closed due to spring tide

A member of the Environment Agency team that monitors the level of the Thames has confirmed that the Thames Barrier has been closed:

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We've closed the #ThamesBarrier due to the high flows upstream. We'll start to re-open at around 15.00 http://t.co/rZAgjRPzIL

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We have just started to close the #ThamesBarrier. A high flow at Teddington Weir combined with a spring tide is the cause.

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