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UK FLOOD: Warnings and alerts still out

Thursday, October 09, 2014, 08:40 GMT -

Warnings and alerts are still out for parts of Britain, with a mixture of sunshine and showers expected Thursday.

Currently, the Environment Agency has 36 flood warnings and 68 flood alerts out mainly in coastal areas. Scotland also has a few warnings and alerts issued.

Strong winds and high spring tides are combining to give some high water levels around coasts and estuaries, particularly in south-west England and south Wales where winds have been gusting to 50-65mph overnight. The winds are expected to ease as we go through today, reducing the risk of flooding in these areas.

Yesterday, it was England and Wales’ turn to be hit by strong winds and torrential rain following the flooding in Scotland on Tuesday.

In Merseyside and Cumbria tornadoes were spotted, while in Cheltenham and Kent flash flooding caused disruptions. In Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, high winds sent trees crashing down while a primary school was evacuated after rain water gushed into the building.

On Tuesday, heavy rain and strong winds across northern and eastern Scotland led to flooding, disruption to transport and the evacuation of homes.

Strong winds gusting up to 70mph created huge waves that caused flooding in the town of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, prompting the authorities to evacuate people from a block of flats.

Train services between Inverness and Aberdeen were cancelled due to flooding with many roads in northern and eastern Scotland blocked due to surface water.

Traffic Scotland also advised passengers that several ferry services could also be cancelled.

Lossiemouth, Moray was the wettest place, according to the Met Office, recording 45.6mm in the 24 hours up to 9pm.

Story updated 9 Oct 9.00am

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