Yeah, winds of more than 100mph, heavy rain and a spring tide have combined to cause a storm surge along the North Sea coast of the UK, the worst since 1953 (this has been confirmed, and its not even over yet!).
Basically the wind has been blowing a good one all day and has, unfortunately, already killed some poor man this morning when he was hit by a falling tree in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The wind has since died down, but its rather too late, because the seas are rolling in anyway.
Put it this way: depending on the topography of the area, thousands of people living in places all along the East Coast - from Boston in Lincolnshire, to Jaywick in Essex - have been told to evacuate. A lot of planes have been diverted due to high winds (one in Newcastle was struck by lightning on the way in to land, though that's not as unusual), at least two lorries have been overturned on major motorways and services in Manchester Piccadilly (the biggest train hub in the North) were cancelled.
Powercuts have left people in Cumbria and Teeside without electricity and the high winds have blown off the roofs of schools in Doncaster and Hartlepool. Sea defences are also nowhere near high enough, as the defences here in Scarborough are some of many that have already been breached, causing homes and businesses to flood:
There is actually meant to be a goddamn slipway where the sea is in the last pic. And also, the last picture is in daylight; at least two more hours before high tide.
I myself am safe and sound - the town of Scarborough itself is built upon the cliffs surrounding the two bays so we are well out of the reach of the sea. But, I wouldn't rule out power cuts and more rain is on the way.
Put it this way: the surge barriers in Hull have been lowered (www.itv.com/news/update/2013-1…) and they have even put up the Thames Barrier in London (www.webbaviation.co.uk/gallery… and 2.bp.blogspot.com/_d3V_nSv4fJA…), they are that worried about this storm.
Someone living somewhere drier take me to live with you. Please.