As a tidal storm surge causes sea levels to rise, the Met Office are advising us to stay away from coast to avoid being swept out to sea.
- Flood Alert: Means flooding is possible. Prepare a flood kit. Monitor water levels and forecast
- Flood Warning: Means flooding is expected. Fit protection equipment. Move family, pets and valuables to safety
- Severe Flood Warning: Danger to life. Stay safe. Be ready to evacuate. Call 999 if in immediate danger
Looks like the Environment Agency are about to up their flood warning to the most severe for the Thames Estuary. A serious risk to life and the potential some areas could be evacuated as the tidal storm surge rises tonight and tomorrow.
Here's the latest advice from the Environment Agency on how London and the South East will be affected by the tidal surge:
- The Environment Agency will be closing the Thames Barrier on Thursday night to defend London
- It will also use another defence in place at Colne in Essex
The Thames Barrier will be closed tonight to protect London from a tidal storm surge which could be the highest for 30 years. Main flood risks for the Thames Estuary are tomorrow at 2.17am and 2.45pm when we have high spring tides.