Update: Businesses and householders on alert in Lowestoft and Southwold as remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit region

Hurricane Gonzalo. Picture: Supplied

Hurricane Gonzalo. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings for the Lowestoft and Waveney areas, with 'high tide levels' expected tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the coast.

While the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo have caused some disruption in the region, UK weather experts have warned winds of about 60mph could linger around the Suffolk and Norfolk coast until about midnight.

This evening, there have been reports of high waters with the tide rising at the Bascule bridge in Lowestoft and at Oulton Broad. But with the morning's high tide expected about 8.30am tomorrow, there are currently four flood warnings in place across Lowestoft, Southwold, Blythburgh and Waveney.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for:

? Isolated low lying properties along the tidal River Waveney Southwold and surrounding marshes

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? North Bank of Lake Lothing

? Southwold and surrounding marshes

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? Blythburgh and marshes upstream of A12

Currently as it stands, and discussing the potential warning in place for Lowestoft, the Environment Agency website says: 'We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds. The forecast high water is due at Lowestoft at 8.30am on Wednesday. The forecast surge height is 1.38m. Locations are affected in Denmark Road and Commercial Road in Lowestoft, including the railway station and the railway line. This warning is in force until 10.30am on October 22.'

For Southwold, it adds: 'The forecast surge height is 1.32m. Flooding is expected for The Southwold Harbour area, Ferry Road, the bottoms of Queens Road and Constitution Hill, North Road, the bottom of Pier Avenue and Mights Road in Southwold. Bridge Road and Hillside Road in Reydon. This warning is in force until 10.30am on October 22.'

Surveying the scenes in Lowestoft about 10pm tonight, one eye-witness said: 'There is no flooding in the centre of Lowestoft. Staff at McDonalds in Station Square have put flood boards up as they closed earlier tonight.'

As previously reported, Dan Holley, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, revealed that winds on the coast would reach between 55mph and 60mph and those inland about 45mph.

A Met Office spokesman said: 'The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees. Difficult driving conditions will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places.'

The winds are not expected to be strong enough to cause any structural damage although branches and possibly trees could be brought down by the winds which will be strongest in coastal areas of the county.

?Send your weather pictures to anthony.carroll@archant,co.uk

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