Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weather Warning for North East Coast

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weather Warning for North East Coast

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Byline: Ruth Lawson Reporter ruth.lawson@trinitymirror.com

GUSTS of up 80mph are expected to thrash the region today with the risk of flooding along the coastline.

Experts at the Environment Agency (EA) have advised communities along the region's coast to stay away from beaches and promenades throughout the afternoon and evening saying they will be "highly dangerous".

An amber warning across the whole of the North East has been put in place as gale force winds and large waves will combine with spring tides to cause a large surge of water on the coastline throughout the afternoon and early into Friday.

John Curtin, the EA's head of incident management, said: "Gale force winds and large waves along the east coast of England are forecast during Thursday 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 con-firming that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood warnings if necessary."

North Tyneside Council have urged the public to be cautious on the borough's beaches which will be significantly more dangerous than usual as a result of the adverse weather.

The council is also in the process of speaking to property owners along the coastline who may be at risk advised them to consider precautions they can take in preparation of flooding.

Phil Scott, head of environment and leisure services, and the authority's lead on emergency response, said: "We know that our beaches are popular with dog walkers and we just want to ask people to be more cautious in view of the weather alerts. …

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