Wild weather batters Fylde coast

Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blow into Britain
Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blow into Britain
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Blackpool is bracing itself for a pounding with high tide expected to hit at 10.34am.

A flood alert is in place as the western side of the UK feels the effects of gusts reaching 70mph.

Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blow into Britain

Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blow into Britain

Promenades could be inundated with tidal spray and overtopping waves, it warns.

The Environment Agency is warning people to stay away from the coast.

High water can be expected for two hours before and after the peak.

It will remain windy thisevening, but winds will gradually die down as the weather system passes.

The Met Office has issued a low level “yellow” weather warning.

A spokesman said: “The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards.

“There remains the potential for localised disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places.

“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.”

Hurricane Gonzalo last week caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit Bermuda.

The Bermuda weather service had warned residents not to go outside when the storm’s calm eye moved in, but some ventured out anyway to do quick damage assessments, noting that porches were destroyed and power lines were downed.

Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll has arrived at the tiny British territory to assist in the relief effort if required.

The vessel is equipped with a helicopter and a number of small boats to help with reconnaissance and transport, and is also able to assist with power generation, communication and water supplies, the Ministry of Defence said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Royal Navy personnel are trained to respond to situations such as this and HMS Argyll is well resourced and ready to provide assistance to the people of Bermuda.”