North East: Severe weather Thursday 5 December

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    1617: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Good afternoon everyone. I'll be bringing you updates about the severe weather across the North East.

    If you'd like to send us your comments or pictures, you can email or tweet them to me.

     
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    AS IT HAPPENED
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    COAST WARNING 1621: Lee Johnson BBC Tees

    BBC Tees' Lee Johnson tweets: Police asking people to leave Saltburn car park because of rising tide.

    Redcar

    Send your pictures if it safe to do so on email or tweet us.

     
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    FLOOD WARNING 1628:

    Tyne and Wear UTMC tweets: The Quayside Newcastle is closed from the Law Courts to the Side due to the River Tyne tidal surge flooding #floodaware

     
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    FLOOD WARNING 1637:

    A combination of a spring tide and severe winds is causing disruption and flooding across the north-east of England.

    The Environment Agency say there are currently 33 flood warnings for the North East.

     
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    HOMES EVACUATED 1644:

    Cleveland Police tweets: Around 300 homes in Port Clarence being evacuated . Residents will be directed to a rest centre by staff on the ground #polweather #alert

     
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    TYNE BURSTS BANKS 1650:

    BBC Newcastle's Steph Finnon tweets: Pic of Tyne at Mill Dam, South Shields. Tyne over spilling in several areas @bbcnewcastle for latest!

    Flooding in South Shields
     
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    WEATHER UPDATE 1658: Hannah Bayman BBC Weather presenter

    Tyneside: Winds slowly easing inland, but staying strong on the coast. Staying dry tonight, with clear skies allowing a frost to develop. The risk of ice patches on untreated roads, as temperatures fall to -2C.

    Wearside: Winds slowly easing, although staying strong in coastal spots like Seaham and Whitburn. A dry night, with clear skies and a frost. The risk of icy patches on the roads after earlier rain.

    Teesside: Winds slowly easing inland, but staying strong on the coast with the risk of a storm surge at high tide. High tide on the Tees and its ports is around 5pm today. Dry and turning frosty overnight.

     
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    COAST WARNING 1706:

    Cleveland Police tweets: Police are advising people to avoid unnecessary travel to coastal areas in Cleveland due to possible flooding. Follow #polweather #alert

     
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    COURTS EVACUATED 1712:

    The North East Ambulance Service said Newcastle's Swing Bridge is closed and the city's law courts have been evacuated.

     
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    SALTBURN FLOOD 1717: Lee Johnson BBC Tees

    The road is beginning to flood outside the Ship pub in Saltburn.

    Pub in Saltburn

    Send us your pictures on email or Twitter.

     
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    FLOOD WARNING 1724:

    Northumbria Police tweets: There is concern for flats near the Porthole Pub on the Fish Quay, #NorthShields with water levels creeping up over balconies. #floodaware

     
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    SUNDERLAND FLOODING 1729: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    The National Glass Centre in Sunderland and adjacent university buildings have been evacuated this evening amid fears the River Wear will burst its banks because of the tidal surge.

    The campus at St Peter's and the halls of residence at Pann's Bank, on the opposite side of the river, have also been cleared.

    The water is lapping at the edge of the quayside footpath at the moment.

     
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    MIDDLESBROUGH POWER CUT 1735:

    Cleveland Police tweets: Powercuts in Middlesbrough and Port Clarence. Please contact relatives and friends via mobile phone to check they are ok. #polweather

     
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    TYNESIDE FLOODS 1738:

    Environment Agency says waters on Tyneside will peak around 17:40 and then recede as tide falls.

    Car being driven in water

    The agency said it does not expect flooding to get significantly worse than it is now and while there could be some trouble at high tide in the morning it's unlikely to be as bad as tonight as winds ease.

     
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    STOCKTON FLOODING 1743: Graeme Pickering BBC Tees

    Police say please avoid Portrack Lane in Stockton. Cleveland Police say not to travel in that area because of "significant flooding".

     
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    TYNESIDE FLOODS 1755: Via Twitter

    Rebecca B tweets: Newcastle is flooding!

    Flooding in Newcastle
     
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    MIDDLESBROUGH POWER CUT 1803:

    Cleveland Police tweets: Some traffic lights aren't working due to the powercut in Middlesbrough. Please approach with care #polweather

     
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    BBC LOOK NORTH 1810:

    BBC Look North will have the latest on the floods and travel disruption on BBC One at 18:30.

    Newcastle quayside

    Hannah Bayman will also have a full forecast for the North East and Cumbria.

     
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    1816: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    An estimated 10,000 properties are without power on Teesside after a sub station flooded when the River Tees burst its banks.

     
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    MIDDLESBROUGH POWER CUT 1821: Stuart Whincup BBC Look North

    Traffic lights out, shops and bus station in darkness.

    Middlesbrough power cut

    Cleveland Police say some traffic lights aren't working due to the powercut in Middlesbrough. Please approach with care.

     
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    WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? 1826:

    BBC Weather presenter Matt Taylor explains how a storm surge happens: What is a storm surge?

     
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    WAVES AT SEAHOUSES 1832: Amy Lea BBC Look North

    High tide at Seahouses this afternoon offered the perfect opportunity for photographers - many of whom had gathered in the harbour car park to watch the waves.

    Waves at Seahouses

    The sea crashed over the sea wall and into the small wooden hits where in the summer time tourists queue to buy tickets for the seal watching and Farne Island tours.

    Several of the boats were placed on the pier to try and keep them out of harm's way - but they were battered none the less by sea water and waves that gathered pace and power as high tide approached.

     
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    FLOOD WARNING 1838:

    Sunderland City Council is continuing to warn people to stay away from beaches, riverbanks and the promenade at Sunderland's seafront because of high winds and flooding.

     
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    TYNESIDE FLOODS 1843:

    Steve Lake emailed this picture of the storm surge in Whitley Bay.

    Storm surge in Whitley Bay
     
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    TRAVEL DISRUPTION 1851:

    A spokesperson for Northern Rail says: "Owing to flooding between Middlesbrough and Redcar all lines are blocked.

    "Train services running to and from these stations are currently suspended and no replacement bus transport is available."

     
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    NORTHUMBERLAND FLOODING 1902:

    Philip Coyne emailed this picture and said high tide today flooded the park in Alnmouth - this picture shows Riverside Road.

    Flooding on Riverside Road
     
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    POLICE WARNING 1918:

    Northumbria Police warned although the situation may seem to be improving people should not be complacent and continue to follow the advice.

    They said it was possible there could be another surge during the next high tide tomorrow morning starting around 3.45am in North Northumberland and moving south along the coast to Newcastle with a high tide predicted at around 4am.

    They said local authorities and emergency services would work together to monitor the situation through the night.

     
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    TONIGHT'S WEATHER 1928: Hannah Bayman BBC Weather presenter

    Winds easing inland, but staying strong on the North East coast. Dry with clear spells in the North East. Frosty everywhere, with a low of -2C. Tomorrow: Colder but much more sunshine. Just an isolated snow flurry on the hills. Highs 2C.

     
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    1939: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    That's the end of today's coverage of the severe weather. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our coverage of the stormy weather.

    Newcastle quayside

    David Whinham sent us this picture of water at Newcastle's Quayside subsiding.

     

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