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Friday, December 6, 2013
Flood waters are reported to be receding after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years battered the east coast of Britain.
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and spent the night in temporary accommodation as officials warned lives could be at risk.
The fierce Atlantic storm - which has already claimed two lives - caused widespread disruption yesterday, but some agencies this morning said that the expected flooding overnight was less severe than expected.
Northumbria Police tweeted: “Early indications are that the tidal surges in our area this morning are less than what we saw yesterday.”
Essex Police said the flood situation was now been downgraded from a severe flood warning to a flood warning, and that the county had escaped the worst of the weather.
Military personnel from Colchester Garrison helped emergency services during the night in Maldon, and the majority of people evacuated from their homes have now left rest centres, police said.
More than 10,000 homes on the coast were last night earmarked for evacuation after officials warned that the lives of people in the regions could be at risk.
In Boston, Lincolnshire, more than 250 people were taken to evacuation centres last night, and 200 were reported to be at a centre in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.
The Met Office has issued yellow “be aware” warnings for snow or ice across Scotland.
They warn that snowfall of 2cm to 5cm is possible on low ground, with up to 20cm possible on higher ground.
Wind speeds of 142mph were recorded yesterday at Aonach Mor near Fort William, the Met Office said.
While the speeds on high level mountain sites were not representative of the winds most people experienced, winds of between 82mph and 93mph were recorded by the Met Office at locations across Scotland.
At the height of the storm, around 130,000 homes - many in the Highlands - were left without power and Scotland’s entire rail network was closed for a time.