UPDATED: Flood warning issued for Bridlington during high winds

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A flood warning has today been issued for Bridlington Harbour Road and north side by the Environment Agency as high winds batter the town.

The warning is for this afternoon’s tide between 4.45pm and 7.15pm, and also include the Chicken Run Jetty and car parks off South Cliff Road.

The Environment Agency say that low pressure is tracking across the North Sea and will create high tidal levels along the Yorkshire Coast and Humber Estuary.

More than 130 flood warnings are in place around the country, while 25 ‘severe’ flood warnings have been issued, mainly along the East Anglian coastline.

The watchkeeper at Bridlington Harbour said that there were no problems at high tide this morning, but no boats have gone to sea today because of the conditions. They are expecting a tidal surge at around 6pm, the next high tide.

John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s Head of Incident Management, said: “Gale force winds and large waves along the east coast of England are forecast today and Friday, coinciding with high tides.

“Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities. Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground confirming that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood warnings if necessary.”

Two trees in Bridlington are amongst 45 across the East Riding which have come down in the high winds, while it has been reported that a number of household fences have also succombed to the conditions.

Train operator East Coast is advising passengers to allow extra time to make their journeys, and will run a revised timetable throughout Thursday as large parts of the route are expected to be affected by heavy wind and rain.

Customers can use their tickets to travel on alternative East Coast services at a similar time to their original booked train. Tickets for Thursday 5 December will also be valid for travel on Friday.

Customers can check the eastcoast.co.uk website for live service updates and travel information before making their journey. Updates are also available by following @eastcoastuk on Twitter or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Due to the revised timetable there will be no seat reservations on East Coast services.

Flights have been affected at Humberside and Leeds Bradford airports.

Motorists are also advised to leave plenty of time for journeys, and look out for speed restrictions.

For more information on the situation, call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 130501 to get more information.