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Storm hits borough with gale force winds

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Residents and motorists are warned to be careful this morning as high winds and heavy rain hit the borough.

And the Environment Ageny have issued 18 flood warnings for the north east, with areas of concern including the North Sea at Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth and properties including Whitley Sands Cafe, Tynemouth Cafe at Longsands, Tynemouth Sailing Club and the area around Cullercoats Lifeboat Station and Cullercoats Bay Research Centre.

The advice is in response to weather and flood warnings from the Met Office and Environment Agency.

The combination of high winds - expected to result in gusts of up to 80mph, together with higher than usual tides - could make the coastline significantly more dangerous than usual.

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.

“Other users of the coastline, including anglers will also need to take extra care.”

The windy weather is anticipated to begin late tomorrow afternoon, and potential high tides also expected to occur early on Friday morning.

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

The strong winds will have potential to cause disruption and householders are recommended to ensure that any Christmas trees and festive decorations in their gardens are secure.

The public can monitor the updates on the weather on the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk and can register for updates.

Any coastal flood alerts will be issued through the Environment Agency, either call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Warnings are also available through their website or via the direct link http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

The council will update the public of any alerts on its website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk, which also carries advice and information on the ‘Flood Ready, Flood Safe’ campaign.

If you have any pictures or videos of the high winds send them to news.guardian@jpress.co.uk or tweet them to @thenewsguardian

 

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