Due to strong winds our Dover/Calais/Dover services are running between 60 and 90 minutes behind schedule.
The Environment Agency have updated their severe flood warnings. There are not 3 warnings in Kent.
- Properties seaward of the tidal defences in Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe
- Coastal areas from Higham Marshes to Seasalter, excluding Sheerness and Queenborough
- The Quay, Sandwich
A severe weather warning has been issued for the Kent coast tonight and tomorrow. Gale force winds and a serious tidal surge are being predicted by forecasters. The Environment Agency has issued the most serious level of flood warning for the east Kent town of Sandwich.
Sarah Saunders has sent this report.
The Environment Agency live flood risk map here shows the areas under threat from the tidal surge expected at 12.46am tomorrow morning and 1.06pm on Friday lunchtime. Anyone wanting more information about their local area should phone the flood advice line on 0845 988 1188.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the following areas in Kent.
- Coast from Fairlight to Dungeness including the Tidal Rother
- Coast from Sandgate to Dungeness
- Coast from Pegwell Bay to Deal including the Tidal Stour
- Coast from Seasalter to Margate
- Tidal Medway, Swale and Coastal Isle of Sheppey
- Coast from Dartford to Allhallows
The Port of Dover has said it is preparing for the possibility of a tidal surge as gale winds combine with high spring water tides later today.
Last night, staff conducted a full scale inspection of the Port estate in order to assess the potential impact of the predicted weather conditions on Port operations and on neighbouring businesses and residences.
Customers are being advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling.
– Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency
Gale force winds and large waves along the east coast of England are forecast during Thursday and Friday, coinciding with high tides and a significant coastal surge.
Flooding of some coastal communities is expected and some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a tidal surge.
Coastal paths and promenades will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea..."
The Environment Agency has issued a Severe Flood Warning for The Quay, in Sandwich. High tides are expected overnight on Friday 6 December and pose a severe flood risk to properties in this Flood Warning Area. People are being warned to be prepared.
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued six flood warnings for the South East. They say huge tidal surges could top flood defences bring "significant coastal flooding" overnight.
In some places, sea levels could be as high as those during the the devastating floods of 1953, the EA said, although flood defences since then, should provide better protection than 60 years ago.
Flood warnings have been issues for the following areas in Kent.
- Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe
- The Pfizer Site
- Ash level, Minster marsh and Stodmarsh communities
- Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter
- Coastal areas from Pegwell Bay to Folkestone