Severe flood warnings are in place on the eastern coast of England
Severe flood warnings are in place on the eastern coast of England amid fears thousands of homes are at risk, as snow and strong winds hit much of the UK.
The Environment Agency, which says high tides and strong winds could lead to flooding, has issued severe flood warnings – meaning danger to life. Evacuations are under way in Jaywick, Essex, and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Snow, ice and high winds have affected much of the UK, causing travel problems and schools closures in some areas. It comes as the Met Office has warned of high winds, snow and ice on Friday.
The Environment Agency’s severe flood warnings – its highest possible alert – are in place for coastal areas of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, where there are fears there could be a storm surge. More than 80 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – and more than 50 flood alerts are also in place.
Europe engulfed in blizzards and record breaking snows down to the beaches of southern Italy and Greece. Coldest Orthodox Christian Christmas Eve in 120 years, Bosporus Straight closed due to sea ice and high winds, Istanbul slammed with 2+ feet of snow. Eastern Europe’s roads impassable and the Danube River freezes over.
Snow Blankets Southern Mediterranean Beaches, Venice Canals Freeze
With record cold and sea effect snows continuing across eastern Europe and the Southern Mediterranean, beaches are blanketed with half a foot of snow, 6+ feet in mountain areas, Venice canals frozen, Turkey all time recorded snow depths and media tells us to remember that last summer was really hot.
Big Freeze: Deadly icy spell grips much of Europe, 20 dead
Icy temperatures across Europe have left more than 20 people dead and blanketed even the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow. Italy saw ferries and flights cancelled and schools in the south are expected to close on Monday.
Turkey has also been badly affected. The Bosphorus was closed to shipping as a heavy snowstorm hit Istanbul. At least 10 people died of cold in Poland. Night temperatures in Russia plunged to minus 30C.
Normally milder Greece has witnessed temperatures of minus 15C in the north where an Afghan migrant died of cold last week and roads were closed.
Severe Winter weather Killed at least 70 people across Europe
Much of Europe continues to be hit by icy weather with strong winds and powerful storms causing traffic chaos, power cuts and travel delays. Reports suggest more than 70 people have died as a result of the extreme weather across the continent.
Electricity supplies to nearly 350,000 homes in France were temporarily cut, while severe flood warnings are in place on England’s east coast.
As Germany prepares for more heavy snow, forecasters say the worst of the weather is heading eastwards. Freezing conditions continue in the Balkans and Turkey.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the cold weather was responsible for countless road accidents and school closures in addition to cancelled flights.