Storms bring snow, high winds and flood warnings to Britain

Storms bring snow, high winds and flood warnings to Britain

East coast bears brunt as gale force winds and high tides lead army to deploy soldiers to help residents in Skegness

Winter storms have battered Britain, bringing driving snow, high winds, coastal flood warnings and the precautionary evacuation of an Essex village. Seafront residents in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, were moved to temporary accommodation as the Environment Agency warned coastal communities in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to prepare for gale-force winds, large waves and possible flooding.

As heavy snow settled across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England on Thursday, travel was disrupted and some schools closed. The Ministry of Defence said about 100 soldiers from the Catterick army base had been deployed to Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast, where some 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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