As it happened: Flooding threat amid stormy weather

Key points

  • Parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are braced for more heavy rain and snow, as coastal communities already hit assess flood damage
  • South and west coast of England, and Severn estuary, remain at risk of flooding through the weekend and into early next week, the Environment Agency says
  • Four earlier severe flood warnings for England have been lifted but a storm surge is expected on the Forth later
  • A search is continuing for missing 18-year-old Harry Martin, last seen approaching a Devon coast path on Thursday
  • The flooding is a "major event" and there should be more preparation for how to deal with such events, Tory MP Anne McIntosh tells the BBC

Live text

Reporting:

  • Gerry Holt 
  • John Hand 
  • Jane Onyanga-Omara 
  • Vanessa Barford 

Last updated 4 January 2014

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage as severe weather continues to affect the UK.

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Four severe flood warnings, indicating "danger to life", are in place - one in Dorset and three in Gloucestershire.

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The Met Office has yellow warnings - meaning be aware - of rain and snow in place for the weekend.

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Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, was among areas battered by the weather on Friday

Saltcoats in North Ayrshire was among areas battered by the weather on Friday.

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Also in Scotland, where a number of flood alerts and warnings are in place, local authorities and the environment agency Sepa have warned of a possible large storm surge on the Forth later today.

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Undated handout photo issued by Devon and Cornwall Police of Harry Martin as an air, land and sea search is under way for the 18-year-old in South Devon

Harry Martin, 18 - who was last seen walking towards a coastal path on Thursday in Membland, Newton Ferrers, Devon - remains missing. It is believed he had set off to take weather-related photos.

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Have you been affected by the floods? Please get in touch using the form in our main story. Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

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Roads remain closed because of flooding in parts of the UK including south-west England, Cumbria, southern Wales, Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

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