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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
Two men entered a travel agent's on King Street in Sandwich and stole cash and travellers' cheques.
One of the men had a gun, which he pointed at two women members of staff.
They were forced to hand over the cash and cheques, before the men walked out towards Short Street.
The men are described as black and one was taller than the other. They had balaclavas over their faces and had dark-coloured sports bags over their shoulders. One of the men was wearing a white hooded top and dark trousers. The other was wearing a dark hooded top and trousers.
– Detective Constable Tom Wilson, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
The men may have been in the town since 6.30am. Perhaps they were seen by people on their way to catch a train and going to work.”
Two ment threatened staff with a gun and stole money and travellers' cheques from a travel agency in Sandwich.
It's thought the men, who were wearing high visibility tabards, were in the town for several hours prior to the robbery.
Kent Police has released CCTV images of the suspects, after the theft on 10th December 2012.