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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 13 January 2017
  2. England's east coast escapes significant flood damage
  3. Thousands of homes evacuated in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Essex
  4. Seventeen severe flood warnings remain in place
  5. Icy conditions expected across the UK

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By Emma Atkinson and Cherry Wilson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Storm surge updates: Here's what happened

    Thanks for joining us for our live updates covering the predicted storm surges and flooding along the east coast of England and icy weather across the rest of the UK.

    • Most places have escaped the predicted flooding as a change in wind direction meant the high tide and tidal surge did not hit at the same time.
    • Residents evacuated in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are being advised they can return to their homes.
    • Seventeen severe flood warnings remain in place.
    • Forecasters predict another cold day is in store for most of the UK with a chilly north-westerly wind. 
    • It will stay dry and sunny for most, but wintry showers will blow into Wales and the south-west, soon turning to rain. Some snow showers may affect the far east of the country.
  2. 17 severe flood warnings remain

    The Environment Agency said 17 severe flood warnings - where there is a danger to life - remain in place.

    A further 80 flood warnings and 69 flood alerts are also active across England and Wales. 

    Its online flood map is updated every 15 minutes with the latest information. 

  3. Icy weather conditions expected

    This is the Met Office's latest weather warning for the UK.

    Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces, particularly where showers of sleet, snow and hail occur. 

    The Met Office said the conditions may lead to a risk of disruption with difficult driving conditions.

    Met Office weather warning map
  4. No reports of flooding in Essex

    There have been no reports of flooding along the coast of Jaywick in Essex where 230 residents were evacuated from their homes.

    Essex police said evacuating the residents was "the right thing to do" and was based on advice from the Environment Agency and the Met Office.

    The county council was expected to arrange transport to take people back to their homes at around 6:00 BST, the police added.

  5. 'Safe to return home' in Suffolk

    Residents along the coast south of Lowestoft in Suffolk have been told it is safe to return to their homes following the flood risk.

    There had been some flooding along the east coast but the extent was "not as bad as it may have been", said Suffolk Police.

    But it added that there were some road closures in place in the Southwold area which may affect residents' ability to return home.

  6. Sea wall has not been breached in Jaywick

    We've just heard the sea wall in Jaywick has not been breached.

    The confirmation came from Ch Insp Jonathan Baldwin, who said although there had not yet been flooding, the danger had not yet passed.

    A severe flood warning is still in place for the coast from Clacton to Lee Wick.

    Rescue workers in Jaywick
  7. Great Yarmouth evacuation 'not an overreaction'

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    Evacuating homes and getting in help from other parts of the country was not an overreaction to the flood risk, the leader of Great Yarmouth Council says.

    About 4,500 people are thought to have left their homes ahead of a predicted tidal surge, but the town escaped unscathed and no flooding occurred.

    "We're very grateful to all the people from all over the country who came here to help us," Graham Plant said.

    "I don't believe we overreacted... If [the water] had breached, the residents would have been so grateful to have those people there to help them."

    River Bure in Yarmouth
  8. 'The tide started to take him'

    Norfolk Police has said the man arrested after jumping into a river in Great Yarmouth had been asked to move away for his own safety.

    Officers were alerted to a man acting dangerously next to the River Yare near Haven Bridge at around 21:10 GMT.

    He was rescued from the water and arrested for public order offences. 

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  9. Trapped fisherman pulled from pier

    A fisherman had to be rescued by a lifeboat crew after being cut off by huge waves on a pier during the tidal surge.

    The RNLI crew at Blyth was called just after 16:00 GMT to reports of a man stranded on the east pier near the lighthouse.  

    Trapped fisherman pulled from pier

    The waves at Seaham

    A fisherman is rescued by a lifeboat crew after being cut off by huge waves on a pier during the tidal surge.

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  10. Bridge closures in Suffolk

    Suffolk Police have closed the bascule bridge in Lowestoft and Mutford Lock Bridge in Oulton due to safety concerns.

    "The decision has not been taken lightly but is being put in place for public safety as a precautionary measure," the force said.

    The bridges are shut to pedestrians and cars "while the danger passes."

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  11. Man arrested for jumping in flood-risk river

    A man has been arrested for public order offences after he jumped into the river in Great Yarmouth, police say.

    He was "acting dangerously" next to the River Yare, but refused to move away from the water.

    Police said he was immediately rescued and arrested, but that "a small number of people" were getting too close to the water. 

  12. High tide in Great Yarmouth

    The BBC's Ben Brown in Great Yarmouth says that despite the high tide coming in, there's no sign of any flooding so far.

    The Environment Agency has issued 17 severe flood warnings - meaning there is a danger to life.

  13. Residents shun evacuation centres

    BBC News correspondent Alex Dunlop in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, says many residents have refused to go to emergency centres despite the flood warning.

    Police say that around 60% to 70% of the residents they visited did not want to go to the centres, out of around 5,000 properties.

    This could be because they have decided to stay at home, or with a friend or relative.

  14. Officials warn against 'flood selfies'

    Quote Message: Keep away from the coast tonight. Trying to be rescued from a flooding situation is a very difficult thing indeed, please do not play chance with your lives - it really is extremely dangerous to be taking selfies. These large waves can come in very quickly and sweep you out. from Lisa Pinney Environment Agency
    Lisa PinneyEnvironment Agency