Cold weather can pose a real health risk to older and disabled people, but everyone can gain from preparing their homes for the cold.
The Government has been too slow bringing in measures to protect from the "shattering" impact of flooding, a Yorkshire MP has warned.
An investigation is starting into this year's flooding in North Yorkshire.
300 people were forced to leave their homes at Port Clarence on Teesside because of rising tide levels.
They were taken by coach to Billingham Forum where they spent the evening.
For more on that and a full roundup of the day's flooding and storms, watch Helen Ford's report:
High waves and strong winds have hit the East coast, affecting areas of Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
North Blyth near Cambois was hit by floods today. Roads were closed as the area was largely cut off. Over 150 homes were affected.
People from Northumberland to North Yorkshire are feeling the effects of storms that have been sweeping our region.
The North East coastline is being battered by what the Met Office has called the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years.
300 homes in Port Clarence on Teesside have been evacuated in anticipation of flooding from the River Tees.
Power is cut off there too. The Tees is also causing problems in Middlesbrough.
Further North, the River Tyne has flooded. The city's law courts were evacuated because of the flooding. The North Shields fish quay is flooded. And in North Blyth another 140 homes have reportedly been cut off.
We have reports from Frances Read and Kenny Toal.
Police are diverting traffic away from the area surrounding Port Clarence on Teesside.
They say around 300 homes have been evacuated in anticipation of the tidal surge forecast for around 1700 (December 5).
Port Clarence is close to the River Tees.
Cleveland Police say around 300 homes in Port Clarence are being evacuated because of the possibility of flooding caused by today's tidal surge (December 5).
Residents are being directed to a rest centre by staff on the ground.