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

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


    Parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are braced for more heavy rain and snow after a huge storm flooded hundreds of homes in coastal communities.


    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.


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


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


    Weekend ferries between Portsmouth and Santander, in Spain, have been cancelled because of the adverse conditions.

    0633: BBC Travel Southwest

    #Devon In Exeter, Marsh Barton Road is virtually impassable under the railway bridge.

    0634: BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police say a man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at 3am after attempting a swim in rough seas off Newquay.

    South Wales Fire and Rescue issued this dramatic picture of a house on fire after a lightning strike in Penpedairheol in Caerphilly county

    South Wales Fire and Rescue issued this dramatic picture of a house on fire after a lightning strike in Penpedairheol in Caerphilly county.


    The Environment Agency has nearly 100 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required - in place, and more than 220 flood alerts, meaning people should be prepared.


    Why is it so wet and windy? BBC Weather's John Hammond takes a look at the source of the UK's stormy weather which lies in huge North American temperature differences.


    The Met Office has yellow warnings for snowfall in many parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.


    The severe weather features on many of today's front pages. The Daily Mirror focuses on one "mad dad", as it puts it, who took his young daughter close to a "20ft wave". It says he "risked his girl's life by ignoring danger warnings to lift her up to peek over the harbour wall at the huge waves".

    Daily Telegraph

    The same shocking series of images of a family "almost swept away" in Mullion Cove Harbour, Cornwall, also graces the Daily Telegraph front page.

    Daily Mail

    The "worst storm in 20 years" is how the Daily Mail puts it.

    The Independent has a stunning image of a train passing through Saltcoats in North Ayrshire

    The Independent has a stunning image of a train passing through Saltcoats in North Ayrshire. The same image is also used by the FT and Independent sister paper, the i.


    The Guardian pictures Shoreham residents Chris and Geoff Howitt watching the river Adur rise from their home.

    Daily Express

    The Times and Daily Star are the only two papers not to feature the weather on their front pages. The Daily Express, meanwhile, warns that wild storms will give way to a "new big freeze".

    BBC Travel Southwest

    #Cornwall Lands End Airport closed until Monday due to waterlogged airfield - Skybus flights diverted to & from Newquay Airport.


    The Environment Agency is warning that people should stay away from the shoreline today and coastal paths could also be dangerous.

    Simon Clemison

    The BBC's Simon Clemison, in Portland, Dorset, tells BBC Breakfast it is "pretty grim" there. But if anyone is prepared for rising waters, it is this part of coast, he says. The area has a siren that sounds when flooding begins - fortunately it has not sounded yet, he says.


    This was the scene in the area overnight.


    It's FA Cup weekend - but two of today's fixtures have already fallen victim to the weather. Charlton Athletic's home tie with Oxford United and Crawley Town's clash with Bristol Rovers have both been postponed due to waterlogged pitches. The matches will now be played on 4 January and 8 January respectively.

    Racing Going Reports

    Sandown Park is Abandoned. @Sandownpark #Sandown

    Wincanton is Abandoned. 14mm of rain since 2am and still raining. @wincantonraces #Wincanton


    Mary Dhonau, chairwoman of the Flood Protection Association, tells BBC Breakfast the priority for people whose homes have flooded is to "get the wet things out of their house". She also points to an online flood risk guide for advice.. Ms Dhonau says many face a "hugely traumatic and emotional time" because of flooding.

    Mary Dhonau

    Mary Dhonau adds she is "absolutely appalled" at plans to cut hundreds of jobs at the Environment Agency. "They are doing sterling work - they have given up their Christmas for the second year running," she says. "They have been working on high alert since the beginning of December, non-stop. Some of them are exhausted." She adds that she works closely with many staff and "they're all waiting for that tap on the shoulder to say 'Oi it's you, you're out of the door'. Morale is very low."

    National Rail

    NEW: Buses replace trains between Liskeard and #Looe [because of flooding].

    First Great Western

    Customers with tickets for travel to and from Devon and Cornwall, for travel on Sunday 5 Jan may travel on Saturday 4 Jan if preferred.

    Cornwall Council

    Emergency management teams in silver control Cornwall busy since 5am monitoring the flood situation #ccfloods


    BBC Radio Cornwall reports there are 140 homes without power this morning. Emergency response teams are also gearing up for further heavy rain tomorrow.

    Tom Stanley from Saron village in Camarthenshire

    emails: Oh boy! The first minister Carwyn Jones tweeted about the floods. That will definitely sort it all out


    Tom Stanley's email is a response to Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones's tweet yesterday in which he said his "thoughts are with those affected by the bad weather".


    Rebecca Davies, pro vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, says 120 students have been evacuated from seafront houses in the town. "Our accommodation is basically now acting almost as the sea wall," she says, adding there was "a lot of damage".

    Waves break over sea front wall in Aberystwyth on January 3, 2014

    Mark Lewis took this picture of the seafront yesterday.


    Looe's harbour master tells BBC Radio Cornwall there is some flooding in the town this morning but sandbags seem to be keeping water out of properties.

    Stephen Holmes from Hull

    emails: Why don't we dredge the rivers anymore? That would make them deeper so they could hold more water. When I was a kid in the sixties the dredgers were always up and down the rivers. Now you never see any. They also used to pump out the sinks in the streets more regularly than they do now. If we did this homes would not flood as much as they do.


    Graham Walker, a farmer from the village of Muchelney in Somerset, tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are prepared for it but water has already gone into some houses in the village. It is utterly devastating. Fifteen properties were affected by flooding little more than a year ago and a lot of them are only just back in their houses now."


    Aidan Kerr, of the Association of British Insurers, tells Today it is too early to estimate the total insurance cost of the current flooding. He says the priority now is to help people get back on their feet. The vast majority of insurers will have 24-hour helplines, he says. "They will have anticipated flooding and mobilised teams to manage claims." Mr Kerr adds that a single event like this is unlikely to affect insurance premiums in future.


    Anne McIntosh, chairwoman of the Commons Environment Select Committee, calls the floods affecting parts of the UK a "national emergency", Sky News reports.

    This is the scene in Isle of Portland, in the English Channel off the coast of Dorset, where a severe flood warning remains in place

    This is the scene captured by BBC Breakfast cameras in Isle of Portland, Dorset, where a severe flood warning remains in place.

    MPS Helicopters

    Today's #london weather, still periods of heavy rain and gusts of wind up to 35 knots (40mph), valid until 16:00. Take care out there!

    Financial journalist Paul Lewis

    On @BBCBreakfast 0840 - how to claim compensation if you were without electricity over Xmas. What you can - and can't - get and who from.


    Anne McIntosh, of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, tells BBC Breakfast: "Firstly I want to thank all those at the Environment Agency and emergency services for working through nights and weekends at a time of great stress for everybody. They are unsung heroes."


    When asked about hundreds of planned job cuts at the Environment Agency, Anne McIntosh says she is "not privy" to the details so it would be difficult to comment. "I imagine it won't be immediate," she adds when asked about the timing of the cuts.


    Simon Clemison, reporting from the seafront at Portland in Dorset for BBC Radio 5 live, says it is clear some people are ignoring the warnings to stay away from the coastline. Making it clear that he is reporting from a safe elevated location yet is still "being lashed by the waves", he says: "We have seen people this morning right down on the beach which the authorities have been concerned about and are telling people to stay away."


    Anne McIntosh says the UK "needs to have more frequent rehearsals as to what would happen in a major [flood] event".


    Mary Dhonau, chairwoman of the Flood Protection Association, criticises those who are ignoring warnings to stay away from the dangers of the floods. She tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Whenever we get floods, we get flood sightseers... it's barking." She says the sole aim of the warnings is to save lives. "They're not doing it to be killjoys. They're doing it for a reason."

    Waves crash on the shore during high tide in Hull, Mass

    The US and Canada are also seeing severe weather, with up to 2ft (61cm) of snow falling in some parts. The storm has been blamed for 11 deaths and forced the cancellation of more than 4,000 flights since Wednesday.

    Western Power Distribution

    There is currently a power cut in #Gloucester area. Our team is working on the issue and we expect to have the power restored by 1000.

    Seafront homes in Aberystwyth were evacuated on Friday evening

    In Wales, people on the Ceredigion coast are surveying the damage after massive tidal surges. About 100 residents spent the evening in rest centres until the huge waves had passed.

    BBC Weather Centre

    Wettest weather today has been in Dorset. 46.8mm of #rain at Evershot in last 12 hours. More rain to come across much of England.

    BBC Travel Southwest

    #Cornwall The St Mawes Passenger Ferry has been suspended for the day due to adverse weather conditions.

    Western Power Distribution

    We've got most supplies back on in #Gloucester but are working to restore the remaining properties by approximately 1000.


    John Beddington, former government chief scientific adviser, tells BBC Radio 4 Today says we are experiencing "an increasing frequency of extreme weather events", like droughts and flooding, and this is related to climate change. "The weather we are currently experiencing is being determined by green gasses in the atmosphere in the 1990s. It is affecting climate," he says.

    BBC Radio 4 Today reporter Tom Bateman
    he scene on the Somerset levels with "about 1,000 acres" flooded

    The scene on the Somerset levels with "about 1,000 acres" flooded.

    Text 81111 John Sisson a retired coach driver from Kimberley, Nottingham

    texts: It is disgusting that the 0845 floodline number being given out is a premium rate number. If your area is flooded it's likely your landline won't work, in which case you are limited to using your mobile. It's expensive to call 0845 from a mobile and profiting from others' despair is disgusting.


    The number of flood warnings in place for England and Wales has reached 100. This level of warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required. Four severe flood warnings, indicating danger to life, also remain in place - three in the Midlands and one in Dorset.


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


    Further stormy weather is expected in many parts of the UK over the weekend, as coastal communities already hit by flooding assess the damage, says Darren Bett in his latest video forecast.


    You can follow all the latest updates on the ever-changing weather situation in our main BBC News website story on the BBC News Channel, or by following @BBCNews on Twitter.


    A reminder that yellow warnings of severe weather have been issued by the Met Office. There is a list of affected regions on its website.


    Yellow, amber, red? Are you hearing news of the latest weather warnings but are not quite sure what it all means? A yellow warning indicates severe weather is possible and people should "be aware", amber indicates "be prepared", as the weather is worsening, and red means it is time to "take action" to protect yourself and others from extreme weather. The Met Office has a handy guide on its website.

    Nick Riches from Spalding, Lincolnshire

    emails: The country must decide what it wants to afford. If these flooding events become more frequent, do we defend, or just accept it and clear up afterwards, or move populations away from those at risk areas?

    Harry Martin

    The search has resumed for a teenager in Devon who went missing after going out to take photographs of stormy seas. Harry Martin, 18, from Membland, Newton Ferrers, left his home at about noon on Thursday and was last seen walking towards a coastal path near his home.

    0911: Joe Bell, in Lyme Regis, Dorset

    took this picture of a stormy sky and huge waves on the coast of Dorset at Lyme Regis on Friday evening:

    Waves in Lyme Regis, Dorset

    More football matches added to "rain stops play" list: Woking v Hereford Utd in the Conference Premier and Motherwell v Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership have been postponed. If you're travelling to any match, check BBC Sport's full updated list of postponements before setting off.

    David Cameron

    With more severe weather, it's important people in threatened areas keep up to date through local media, @metoffice and @EnvAgency.


    Hannah Botting tweets a picture of the Aberystwyth seafront this morning, which was battered by massive tidal surges yesterday.


    Porthcawl seafront today, tweets Stephen Knipe.

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Police say avoid Victoria Avenue west bound. Sea is already coming over wall onto cycle track. One hour until high tide. #CIstorms

    National Rail

    #UKStorm Disruption to Arriva Trains Wales services caused by recent poor weather


    Arriva Trains Wales services are being significantly disrupted because of flooding. Ticket restrictions will remain lifted for the duration of the disruption, Arriva says. The main lines affected are:

    • Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog
    • Machynlleth to Pwllheli
    • Swansea to Shrewsbury

    Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales. There are:

    • Four severe flood warnings - indicating danger to life - in place
    • 105 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required
    • 232 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

    For a full list, updated every 15 minutes, check here.

    0948: BBC journalist Olivia Richwald

    Aberystwyth this morning. Amazing to see the destruction the sea has caused.


    Gatwick Airport says flights are operating as normal. Contingency plans have been put in place at the airport to prepare for any potential flooding. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before leaving for the airport and to allow extra journey time in case of delays on roads or the rail network.

    Eben Owen, aged 14, in Wales

    took this picture at 8.10am of waves crashing over a cafe at Caswell Bay.

    Bad weather in Wales
    BBC Travel Southwest

    #Devon There's flooding on the A35 around the turn for Axminster. Police report the road is passable but with care.

    Lucy T

    Lucy T tweeted this picture last night, and says: "Walked the dogs on this beach less than 24 hrs ago #ukstorm#newgale#pembrokeshire"

    BBC journalist Olivia Richwald

    "It's high tide again in Aberystwyth but it doesn't seem to be as bad as last night. But there's a big clean-up to do."


    Ron Cant, from Carmarthenshire County Council, says damage was caused to wooden bridges along part of Millennium coastal path at Bynea. "They were literally picked up and thrown, and they weigh several tonnes so you can see the power of the sea was quite extraordinary," he says.

    Flooding pic

    Dunell's wine shop in Beaumont, St Peter, Jersey tweets this picture.

    British Transport Police

    Plan ahead now if your journey's affected by another #ukstorm. Check @nationalrailenq and take extra care at stations and on platforms.


    A near-complete ichthyosaur skeleton discovered on the Dorset coast after Christmas storms was hours away from destruction, fossil hunters say. Storms uncovered the 1.5m (5ft) fossil at the base of Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day.

    The giant marine reptile fossil was painstakingly removed over eight hours, shortly before another storm was due. Professional fossil hunter Paul Crossley, who helped excavate it, says it is "a beautiful find".


    The Environment Agency says it is continuing to "work around the clock deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings".


    BBC Radio Jersey reports that Victoria Avenue westbound is now open but there is a lot of debris on the road due to earlier flooding.


    The storms sweeping the UK have had an effect on today's football fixtures. Crawley Town groundsman Matt Moss (pictured) earlier tried unsuccessfully to save the club's FA Cup second-round replay against Bristol Rovers.


    Are there any signs of the jet stream that has caused this latest bout of severe weather slowing down? Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton blogs to say there has been hints it will "weaken and meander" towards the middle of the month. "This would result in the weather turning more settled, with fewer storms and a better chance of high pressure building, with lighter winds and less rain," he writes.

    Kate Groechel from Chetnole, near Sherborne in Dorset

    Alarmed we are waiting for our kitchen to flood for the third time since 24th Dec. Last night we had 30mm of rain plus another 10mm today and 15mm on Thursday /Friday. We must have had eight inches of rain since 23rd Dec. There is no way our road, a "river" yet again, and the fields can cope. I'm concerned about tomorrow and stuck indoors yet again, as the roads are too flooded to go out.

    David Jones in Clarach Bay, Wales

    posted this picture on Instagram on Friday. He says: "I'm a couple of miles in between Aberystwyth and Borth (towns bearing brunt of #ukstorm #wales) but only minor damage here in Clarach Bay. Condolences to everyone worse affected."

    Clarach Bay, Wales
    BBC Travel Southwest

    #Devon #Cornwall Traffic's moving well across Tamar Bridge, and 10 minute wait with 3 ferries running between Torpoint & Devonport.

    Environment Agency

    Please follow the advice of emergency services. Flood water and high waves can be extremely dangerous. #FloodAware #UKStorm

    A severe flood warning means danger to life. Stay away from coastal paths & promenades. Risk of being swept out to sea. #FloodAware #UKStorm

    A text from an anonymous BBC News reader:

    Whilst I have huge sympathy for those that are having to deal with flooded houses, most are on the flood plains. There are pros and cons of living by rivers. Is it right to invest huge amounts of tax payers money changing nature? Should we not change our behaviour and move to slightly higher ground?

    BBC Travel Southwest

    #Cornwall In Port Gaverne near Port Isaac, New Road is still partially blocked due to debris on the road near The Terrace.

    #Devon At Kilmington on the A35 around the Axminster turn-off, police say the road is flooded, but passable with care.


    Engineers are beginning the "huge task" of repairing the damage strong winds and high tides caused to a coastal rail route in Cumbria.

    No trains are running between Carlisle and Barrow after sea defences and retaining walls were washed away between Sellafield and Maryport. Kirkby-in-Furness and Braystones stations were also flooded, which damaged the line equipment. Network Rail will run a replacement bus service while repairs are carried out.


    Lee Moran tweeted these pictures of Clevedon in north Somerset. The picture above shows the road to Clevedon beach closed ahead of high tide earlier.


    He says of this picture: "What a difference a day makes! Clevedon seafront during high tide yesterday (top) and today (below)."


    Sandbags are being handed out in east Belfast in preparation for potential flooding, where heavy rain and strong winds are predicted by the Met Office for Sunday and Monday, and a flood alert remains in place.

    Ben Butcher from Bournemouth

    Says: There about 15 horses stranded in a field in Burton. I saw it on Facebook last night and came down this morning to see if I could help. Well my mum is down here helping and I've come to find her. I can see two horses closer to the road and there's about eight others that are standing in a group. They are standing in water up to their knees. They are on the other side of quite a high bank, which is about 5ft high. There's an RSPCA man down here and a police van has just turned up too. There's quite a crowd of concerned people here.

    Lizzie Roberts took this picture from her garden in Pontac on the south-east coast of Jersey

    Lizzie Roberts shared this view of a rather rough sea this morning from her garden in Pontac, St Clement, on the south-east coast of Jersey.

    1134: BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Donna Birrell

    Minister Owen Paterson is visiting Looe where Fore Street is again flooded. But locals say situation not as bad as yesterday. @BBCCornwall

    Damage on coastline

    Mike Bull in Aberystwyth went to the coast on Saturday morning to see some of the damage and debris left by the storm.


    Nick Venton took this stunning image of waves crashing into the Le Don Hilton building - known locally as the "White House" - in St Ouen on the west coast of Jersey.


    Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales. There are:

    • Three severe flood warnings - indicating danger to life - in place
    • There are 90 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required
    • 245 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

    For a full list, updated every 15 minutes, check here.

    Millie Farmer took these pictures of the seafront at Aberystwyth this morning showing the damage left following massive tidal surges last night.
    Millie Farmer took these pictures of the seafront at Aberystwyth this morning showing the damage left following massive tidal surges last night

    Millie Farmer took these pictures of the seafront at Aberystwyth this morning showing the damage left after massive tidal surges last night.

    1202: Sarah Pritchard, a second year law student at Aberystwyth University

    says: "I have friends who live on the seafront in basement flats and the water is just going straight in there. They have had to move their stuff to other friends' flats. The main uni campus is on top of a hill and there are lots of people who have been evacuated and are now staying in the canteen. We were meant to have our exams on Monday so everyone was planning to go back this weekend, but obviously that's not happening now. The uni has been emailing us and telling us not to travel. We feel helpless. I went home to my parents in Solihull and am just watching it on the news. It's so sad seeing my friends flats and the businesses we use being flooded."

    1202: Crystal Morris in Aberystwyth, Wales

    was taking pictures from her flat overlooking the harbour on Saturday morning, when she witnessed an RNLI rescue: "I saw a man walking in amongst the waves. I called 999 and then watched from my flat as the lifeboat went out and rescued him. The coastguard was out there. They winched him down."


    A man has been arrested for being drunk and disorderly after wading into the stormy seas off Newquay early this morning. Police removed the man from the water shortly after 04:30 GMT and said his actions could have put lives at risk.

    Jayne Haw, in Ramsbury, Wiltshire

    took this picture from her home in Ramsbury, Wiltshire on Friday of hail settled on the ground.

    Bad weather in Ramsbury, Wiltshire
    Harry Martin

    Devon and Cornwall Police say more than 100 members of the public have volunteered to help in the search for Harry Martin, 18, who left his Newton Ferrers home at noon on Thursday to take pictures of the stormy seas. A spokesman adds: "We advise the public not to put themselves at risk."

    Environment Agency SW

    EA teams were out in #Bude this morning placing extra sandbag protection to reduce flooding impacts #floodaware


    Despite earlier reports, Owen Paterson is not visiting Looe in Cornwall. It is in fact Defra minister and local MP Dan Rogerson who is in the coastal town that has been severely hit by flooding.


    Jersey's Met Department says Saturday night and Sunday morning's tides may cause further problems.

    @AlanBarrierEA, Environment Agency

    The Thames Barrier will close at 13:00 this afternoon "due to ongoing high flow/high tide conditions". It is expected to reopen at 16:30. This is the fifth tide in a row for which it's been closed. For comparison, in January 2003, it was closed 14 times in a row, and had 19 closures that month.


    Weather warnings have been updated by the Met Office, to include a yellow warning of ice in the north tonight, says BBC Weather.


    BBC journalist Alison Freeman says the clear-up is starting today, a day after sea defences were thrown inland and houses on the beach front at Sea Mill Lane in St Bees, west Cumbria, took the full force of the waves. The metal baskets containing stones have been ripped apart and sandstone was strewn across car park and fields.

    Environment Agency Yorks & NE

    There's a chance of some coastal flooding in Yorkshire and the North East later today, as high tides combine with bad weather.

    We've issued flood warnings for Cowbar, Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington, Easington and Kilnsea.

    Marine Parade, Instow, Devon

    The storms have brought with them some stunning images from around the UK, like this one from Instow, in north Devon. Send your pictures and videos to or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

    Gatwick Airport

    Good afternoon! All flights continue to operate as normal from Gatwick today - we still advise you leave plenty of time for your journey...


    Flooding is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains between Castle Cary and Weymouth, says National Rail.

    1301: Breaking News

    The Environment Agency downgrades the three remaining severe flood warnings, meaning there are no longer any severe flood warnings anywhere in the UK

    Katrina Satchwell, in Tywyn, Cardigan Bay

    took this picture on Saturday morning of a train track covered in rubble after storms.

    Train track covered in rubble after storms

    BBC journalist Kevin Hay estimates that 120 local people have joined professional search and rescue teams in the search for missing 18-year-old Harry Martin in Devon. Our reporter's also spoken to Insp David Cuff, of Devon and Cornwall Police, who told him: "In any small community people rally round and help."


    While there are now no severe flood warnings, there are 86 flood warnings and 256 flood alerts across England and Wales. The Environment Agency page, updated every 15 minutes, explains what each level of alert means.


    Police have revealed more about the rescue of the man who waded into sea off Newquay in the early hours of the morning and was later arrested for being drunk and disorderly (see 12:04).

    Sgt Regie Butler, who waded out to pull the man to shore at Towan Beach, tweeted: "Not enough time for other emergency rescue services to get there, casualty was in danger, we had chance to rescue him. Not heroes, just cops doing what cops do. Was an 'interesting' few minutes."

    1337: BBC journalist Michaela Howard, in St Bees, Cumbria:

    "Life boat station yesterday was hit by the waves, damaging the main doors. Now operational again. People walking on the beach looking at the damage to the flood defences and also the debris brought in by the waves."


    The Environment Agency tweets: "The recent coastal surge has tested over 3000km of defences in England and over 205,000 properties have been protected."

    Ayla in Stoford, Salisbury

    emails: The rivers have burst their banks here. There is bad flooding everywhere. Cars are still attempting to go through the water but it is deep.

    People on bank of the River Severn

    Residents have ventured out to view the swollen River Severn from the flood defence at Minsterworth, near Gloucester.


    Part of a second cliff has collapsed along the East Sussex coastline. Coastguards said about about 9ft (3m) of the cliff at Birling Gap had gone into the sea during a tidal surge that hit the south coast. On Friday, part of another cliff collapsed into the sea at Rock-a-Nore, near Hastings, after being undermined by rough seas.

    Damaged roof of Harvester in Boscombe, Bournemouth

    The roof of a Harvester restaurant in Boscombe, Bournemouth, has been damaged in the storms.


    In Wales, all severe flood warnings for coastal areas have been lifted. Only two flood warnings remain - for undefended areas of the River Wye at Monmouth and in the Lower Dee Valley.


    Natural Resources Wales says the storm is the worst to have affected the south and west Wales coastline in 15 years. Emergency response workers will now focus on checking important defences, repairing any damage and assisting its partners in helping communities recover, it says.


    Aberystwyth University is deferring the start of the examination period by one week and is advising students not to travel to the town until the middle of next week because of the severe weather.

    BBC Weather

    The wettest place in the UK in the past 24hrs (as of 2pm Saturday) is Evershot in Dorset with 36.4mm of rainfall reported.

    @No_Expert tweeted: Oysters close to breaching sea wall at #Whitstable #Kent #UKStorm ;-)

    @No_Expert tweeted: Oysters close to breaching sea wall at #Whitstable #Kent #UKStorm ;-)

    Paul Greenwood
    Wiggan pic

    High Winds and Stormy seas but beautiful blue skies as well today at New Brighton, Wirral @NBBeachResort #UKStorm


    Don't forget that you can follow all the latest updates in our main BBC News website story or on the BBC News Channel.


    We've also got a picture gallery of high tides and flooding across the UK.

    South West Trains

    No trains between Gillingham (Dorset) and Exeter until further notice due to flooding.


    Buses are replacing trains between Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Harbour in North Ayrshire, National Rail says. Disruption is expected until approximately 17:00 GMT.


    The estimated reopening time of the Thames Barrier is now 17:00 GMT, according to the Environment Agency.


    Part of the sea wall behind the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe in north Devon has collapsed following the recent storms. The public are being warned to keep away.

    Collapsed Ilfracombe sea wall

    Police have closed the bottom car park in Ilfracombe where part of the sea wall collapsed. Engineers from North Devon Council have arranged for fencing to be put up around the area.


    Work is under way at Fistral Beach, Newquay, to shore up a partially collapsed area close to a beach cafe.


    Natural Resources Wales says it is expecting to remove all flood warnings for coastal areas shortly. Although the situation has eased, teams are continuing to monitor the situation closely as more high winds are forecast for Monday - but the risk of flooding is not likely to be as severe as it was on Friday.


    There is also heavy rain forecast for Sunday into Monday which will make driving conditions dangerous on Welsh roads, but the risk of flooding to homes is low.

    1436: Charlotte Garbett, in Aberystwyth

    took this photo on the seafront this morning:

    Aberystwyth storm damage

    The Environment Agency has just issued a statement saying the south and west coast of England, and the Severn estuary, remain at risk of coastal flooding throughout the weekend and into the early part of next week. It adds that communities are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.


    Parts of the North East coast, including Whitby and South Shields, could see flooding today, while parts of the south coast, including Portsmouth and Newhaven, could see more coastal flooding over the next two days, the Environment Agency says.


    Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, says: "We would urge people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter. We have protected over 200,000 properties across the country over the past 48 hours, and the Environment Agency will continue to work around the clock to protect communities."


    In Guernsey, roads came to a standstill after a high tide and strong winds battered the coastline. Saints Bay is still flooded and remains closed and police have been redirecting traffic around the island.

    Rough sea at Monktonmead

    The Environment Agency tweets that it has used extra pumps at Monktonmead on the Isle of Wight to manage river levels following heavy rainfall and high tide.


    Lizzie Roberts spoke to the BBC about a video she took from her garden in Pontac, St Clement, on the south-east coast of Jersey. "We've got railings at the end of our garden so we were quite safe from where we were standing - but the waves were huge."


    People in Boston, Lincolnshire - where there was flooding following a tidal surge in December (pictured) - are being warned to prepare for further flooding. The Environment Agency says it expects Boston to experience its highest tide level since the repairs later. It has issued two flood warnings, with the high tide expected at about 20:00 GMT.

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    BBC journalist Alison Freeman, in St Bees, Cumbria, says the focus there has switched to clearing up. She says the village's lifeboat station was hit by such massive waves its doors buckled and there is also debris strewn across the beach. "That's how serious and ferocious the waves were," she adds.


    VIDEO: @PlymouthRNLI lifeboat searching for missing 18-year-old in heavy seas.

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    Caswell Bay Caswell Bay

    sent in this photo of high tide at Caswell Bay in Gower, Swansea.

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    The line between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth is closed due to flooding

    Dr Uy Hoang
    Woolwich, South East London

    took this photo in Woolwich, south east London this afternoon.


    Just a reminder that today's football fixture list has been hit by the severe weather. You can keep up to date with the FA Cup matches that have gone ahead by visiting the BBC Sport live page.

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    We have closed the tidal doors at #Lymington Town Quay today due to the forecast high tide #Hants #floodaware

    Flood defence system in Upton-upon-Severn

    This picture shows the flood defence system in Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire, which was completed in July last year. The £4.5m scheme features a permanent flood wall, an earth embankment, flood wall and floodgates across New Street. The Environment Agency said at the time that the town had flooded 78 times since 1970.


    Boston in Lincolnshire, which has been warned to expect flooding after high tide at 20:00 GMT, was badly hit by floods a month ago. St Botolph's Church, colloquially known as Boston Stump, suffered extensive damage at the time.

    St Botolph's Church, Boston

    The church has worked hard to keep services going since and the Rev Hugh Jones preached a sermon entitled "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."


    The warning for this evening in Boston is a reminder that 103 flood warnings remain in place around the UK, although none of those are now classed as severe.

    You can continue to follow the impact of the weather in our main BBC News website story.


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