Floods and high winds are set to dominate the east coast of England, with four counties Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, and Essex braced for large waves, storm surges, and high winds.  Some people have been evacuated due to the threat.

The Environment agency has placed severe flood warnings in Essex and Suffolk with a greater risk coming at lunchtime on Friday at high tide.

The Essex town of Jaywick has been evacuated.  Police officers went door to door give residents’ details of the expected flood.  Leaflets warned residents that their properties could be flooded by sea water of a height of 3m.

In Lincolnshire the army has been dispatched from Catterick to Skegness where about 3000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

Deputy manager at the Environment Agency said, “Gale-force winds and high tides are likely to create large and dangerous waves along parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday.

“These conditions could also cause flooding to coastal roads and could impact properties.”

He also urged residents not to put themselves at risk from driving through flood water.

Tidal gates on the east coast have been closed ahead of the high tides.

Therese Coffey, floods minister said, “Our absolute priority is protecting lives, homes and businesses from the threat of coastal flooding currently facing the east coast.”

Storm surges are when a change in sea level occurs that is caused by a storm.  Normally, this happens when high winds push the sea towards the coast, causing the water to pile up there.

Much of Britain is under severe weather warnings as snow has blanketed much of the country.  Freezing temperatures have caused ice to form.  Travel of all kinds has been disrupted due to snow.  Scotland could see 20cms of snow. School closures and travel disruption is expected.