VIDEO: Severe weather warning in force amid fears of localised coastal flooding

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There were fears today (Thursday) of localised coastal flooding along the east coast after gale force northerly winds sparked a severe weather warning from the Met Office.

The warning is expected to remain in force all day.

Choppy seas at Skegness Beach this morning (October 10).

Choppy seas at Skegness Beach this morning (October 10).

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The public should be aware of the potential for minor coastal disruption, primarily due to large waves, such as overtopping of sea walls, and perhaps some flooding of coastal roads.

“An area of low pressure will pass... into the North Sea on Thursday. This will cause gale force winds to spread along eastern coasts, along with some large waves and surge.

“Whilst gusts of 50 to 60 mph are unlikely to cause disruption due to wind damage, the associated large waves and surge may well cause some minor flooding impacts in parts of coastal Eastern England.

“Winds will begin to ease from the north of this warning area later,” they added.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, East Lindsey District Council has used today’s weather warnings to remind people to take measures to protect themselves from possible flooding incidents.

East Lindsey District Council, the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council are launching the annual “We’re prepared for coastal flooding – are you?” campaign to encourage households to complete a flood plan and sign up to receive flood warnings.

The district council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Steve Newton, said: “Our coastline is now better protected than ever before but no one can ever remove all risk of flooding.

“We work closely with our partners to ensure we have plans in place to cope if flooding does happen, but local residents and communities can take simple steps to help reduce the risk - that’s what our campaign aims to achieve.”

Coastal communities are being asked to Make a Call – sign up to the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service to receive early warning of predicted flooding - and Make a Plan.

Cllr Newton said: “We want people to complete a flood plan for their household so that they know what to do in an emergency.

“Some towns and parishes have already created their own emergency flood plans and we would like to see more do so.

“We want more people to be able to stand up and say ‘We’re prepared for coastal flooding – are you’. We may not be able to prevent all coastal flooding, but we can all take action to reduce its impact.”

People living in coastal areas are urged to sign up for the free flooding warnings service, Floodline Warnings Direct by calling 0845 9881188 and to complete an interactive emergency flood plan at http://www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk|www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk}.