Sunday 24 September 2017

Families flee as worst storm in 60 years hits Britain

Blackpool Main Promenade under flood water following high tide and a tidal surge as severe gale force winds hit many parts of the UK
Blackpool Main Promenade under flood water following high tide and a tidal surge as severe gale force winds hit many parts of the UK
Blackpool Main Promenade under flood water following high tide and a tidal surge as severe gale force winds hit many parts of the UK
Blackpool Main Promenade under flood water following high tide and a tidal surge as severe gale force winds hit many parts of the UK
A man walks through the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the UK
Police at the scene where a lorry driver has died as his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian

Thousands of families are to be evacuated as a result of ferocious winds that have swept the country, killing a lorry driver.

Police said the driver died when his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian, Scotland, as the gale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.

More than 10,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated after officials warned that the lives of people in the region could be at risk from the worst coastal tidal surge for over 60 years.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a number of severe flood warnings - the highest category, warning of danger to life - to the east coast and north Wales as high tides and strong winds threatened to swamp the coastline.

In Norfolk, 9,000 homes are being evacuated as local officials attempt to stem the damage from the coastal surge.

A further 1,000 properties are to be evacuated in affected areas in Suffolk and some residents in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, are also being urged to leave their homes.

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