UK tidal surge: As it happened

Key points

  • A tidal surge has hit coastal towns on the east of Britain after thousands of people were evacuated from their homes
  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says people living there should put off returning home
  • Two people who died in the storm have been named by police
  • Eight severe flood warnings - indicating risk to life - remain in place
  • Seven cliff-top homes collapsed in Hemsby, Norfolk, and a lifeboat station washed into the sea
  • Further high tides are predicted for later on Friday

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Reporting:

  • Sarah Bell 
  • Paul Gribben 
  • Sian Richards 
  • Gerry Holt 

Last updated 6 December 2013

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