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


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

Last updated 4 January 2014


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


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


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


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.


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.


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