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UK storms: Giant waves hit amid fresh flooding fears

UK storms: Giant waves hit amid fresh flooding fears

6 January 2014

BBC News

The south and west coasts would see “colossal waves” like these at Porthcawl, near Bridgend, say forecasters

Huge waves are beginning to batter the southern coast of the UK, as forecasters warn exposed areas could see a fresh round of flooding.

Waves of up to 27ft (8m) have been recorded off Land’s End, Cornwall.

In Aberystwyth, 250 people have been evacuated from seafront flats, and many flood warnings – including three severe ones – remain in place across the UK.

Travel by road and rail is being hit, causing disruption for many returning to work after the Christmas break.

Western and southern areas are bearing the brunt of the latest severe weather, and forecasters are warning that flooding could be worse than that seen in recent days.

england 10m waves

Parts of the UK are braced for more wild weather and flooding

 

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has chaired a Cobra emergency meeting to ensure agencies are ready to respond, and will make a statement to the Commons later on the impact of the bad weather.

He again defended spending on flood defences, following criticism over the weekend, saying the government was spending “more than ever before”.

The latest travel disruption includes:

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