Storms spark Fylde flood warning

Strong winds and high waves batter the coastline at Blackpool
Strong winds and high waves batter the coastline at Blackpool
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The Fylde coast was put on flood alert today due to a combination of gale force winds and a nine metre high tide.

People were warned to keep away from the seafront as storm surges were expected around noon.

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the coast stretching between Blackpool and Fleetwood.

A spokesman said: “Gale to severe gale force west or southwesterly winds are expected.

“A combination of surge and large waves may cause coastal flooding. Impacts may include overtopping of promenades and flooding of coastal roads.”

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said a nine metre high tide was due around mid-day.

He said: “The high tide combined with the strong winds will push the water higher so it will come over the top and there will be a danger of flooding so people should stay away from the Promenade.

“There will be a risk for about two hours either side of the high tide.”