Sea levels rise as storm hits coastline

Preparations for the surging tide along the north east coast have led North Tyneside Council to close all beaches.

At Tynemouth Longsands, sand has been banked in order to protect properties along the sea front, and properties from St Mary’s Lighthouse to North Shields are on flood alert.

News Guardian photpographer Gemma Marriner captured the waves at Whitley Bay more than an hour before high tide.

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