A strong tidal surge in the North Sea has resulted in severe flood warnings and evacuations on England’s east coast. Low pressure and strong winds are causing the surge with Norfolk and Suffolk under 8 severe flood warnings. Two refuges centres have been set up in Norfolk while residents in low-lying areas of the Suffolk coast have been advised to leave with 1,300 properties at risk.
The Thames barrier has been closed and parts of Kent, Essex, North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are on alert.
Conditions in the North Sea are causing problems in the Netherlands with coastal authorities on the highest alert since 1976. Rotterdam, Europe’s largest harbour is shut due to the approaching storm. A storm surge barrier built in the 1990’s to protect the Dutch city and its harbour is in operation for the first time.