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Life threatening' floods and a NINE FOOT storm surge as the entire East-Coast of Britain is on flood alert

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  • Life threatening' floods and a NINE FOOT storm surge
  • 78 flood warnings, 80 flood alerts and a further seven severe flood warnings in place across the UK
  • Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as British Army soldiers step in to help 
  • Road crashes and chaos as eight inches of snow falls

Britain is on weather alert with warnings of floods, wind, snow and ice covering large parts of the country.

In Essex, thousands of people are preparing to be evacuated in the village of Jaywick due to the threat of flooding.

The evacuation for Jaywick's 4,665 residents is scheduled to start at 7am, with police going door to door to inform them and ensure homes left unattended would be secure.

Essex Police Chief Inspector Russ Cole said:

"This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of all residents to ensure their safety until the severe weather passes."

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for combinations of high winds, snow and ice.
The Environment Agency's seven severe flood warnings - which warn of a danger to life - are in place for Friday lunchtime in coastal areas of Essex and Suffolk in the face of gale-force winds and high tides.

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Coastal communities in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex have been told they should be prepared for large waves and possible flooding.

About 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs in Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast, while Suffolk Police said more than a thousand properties are likely to be evacuated because they are at risk of flooding. Some 5,200 metres of temporary barriers and 25 pumps have been moved to depots and towns, including Newcastle upon Tyne, Blythe, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford, Rye and Trusthorpe and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire.
Mark Sitton-Kent, national duty manager at the Environment Agency, warned that "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 added. He urged residents not to put themselves at risk "by going to the coast for a thrill or to take pictures". Soldiers were deployed to help warn and evacuate people as snow and high winds hit large parts of the country on Thursday, disrupting travel and forcing schools to shut down.

And commuters might face more misery today if the bad weather affects, as feared, Tube and train services.

In Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, a rest centre has been prepared for those being evacuated.

Nigel Brown, from Tendring District Council, told Sky News they are expecting people "in their hundreds" to arrive at the rest centre where there will be blow-up beds, sleeping bags and food.

Seaside residents evacuated as UK faces severe flood warnings

13 January, 2016

Seaside residents in southern England were ordered to evacuate Friday as Britain faced severe flood warnings, after snow caused flights to be cancelled.

Police officers went door-to-door in the village of Jaywick, southeastern England, on Thursday to warn residents they would be evacuated the next morning ahead of heavy rain and high winds.

The order came as the Environment Agency issued seven severe flood warnings, indicating danger to life, and 68 further flood warnings which call for immediate action.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of all residents to ensure their safety until the severe weather passes," Russ Cole, a police chief inspector, said of the evacuation.

Locals were offered shelter at a centre set up by authorities or advised to travel outside the village.

An additional 1,100 properties were likely to be evacuated along the coastline of the nearby Suffolk region, police said.

Further up the coast, the defence ministry said 100 soldiers had been deployed to the seaside town of Skegness where around 3,000 residents were urged to leave their homes.

The flood preparations came after heavy snow fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England on Thursday.

In anticipation of the snowfall Heathrow cancelled 80 flights arriving at and departing from the airport.

"The latest forecast is for snow... which will reduce the number of aircraft able to take off and land each hour," a Heathrow spokesman told AFP earlier on Thursday.

"We have taken the decision to reduce the flight schedule on Thursday, to allow airlines to rebook passengers onto un-allocated seats ahead of time where possible," he added.

A normal schedule at Heathrow was expected to resume on Friday.

Following the snowfall the Met Office, Britain's weather agency, warned of widespread icy conditions and "a bitterly cold night for all".

Across the channel, strong winds in northern France cut power to some 190,000 homes on Thursday evening.

Flights from Paris Beauvais-Tille airport were redirected to Lille, while local forces arranged accommodation for the night for some 600 passengers already at the airport.

NYC weather: Snow possible for Saturday as temp drop

13 January, 2016

New York City enjoyed an unseasonably warm day on Thursday -- the warmest Jan. 12 since 1890 -- but the warmup was fleeting as temperatures began to drop Friday, the National Weather Service said.

While high temperatures on Friday were in the mid-40s, the nighttime low is expected to be a chilly 26 degrees, according to the NWS. New York City experienced a record daily high of 65 degrees on Thursday.

Snow is still a possibility over the weekend as well. The NWS said there is a 20 percent chance for light snow on Saturday between 4 and 10 p.m. The high for the day is expected to be near 34 degrees, but wind chills will make it feel more like 25 degrees, according to the agency.

Sunday looks sunny and clear, with an estimated high of 40 and a low of 29 degrees.

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