Photo gallery: Six flood warnings issued as north Norfolk braces itself for the worst of Hurricane Gonzalo

Communities around Norfolk are still bracing as the remnants of Hurriance Gonzalo batter the region.

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Areas of the north Norfolk coast have been preparing for the storm's arrival.

Environment Agency spokesman Vanessa Winters said winds were likely to hit gale force 9 later but the 'wind direction is working for us' as it was blowing along the coast from the west rather than straight at it from the north.

And although a spokesperson added that the water levels were likely to be higher tomorrow morning - they insisted that flooding in homes was unlikely.


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''When the high tide comes in tomorrow morning we are expecting that there will be slightly more water than there has been this evening. But this is the usual kind of winter storm that we see three or four times a year and it will be nowhere near as much water as it was last December.

'It's possible that the water levels might be similar but just with a change in the wind direction. It will be because there are quite strong winds and lots of waves that people will see, rather than water causing any problems in properties,' they added.

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The tide level was normal for the time of year, and the sea defences damaged by last year's sea surge were now in 'the same state or better' than last winter.

There was likely to be over-topping of sea walls and wet promenade roads, but property flooding was unlikely.

EA officials had been talking to the communities affected. Although they were 'not anticipating anything on the scale of last year' it was better to be prepared.

She encouraged people to follow the Twitter feed @envagencyanglia for updates.

The cattle have been moved off the reserves in Cley in preparation for tonight's high tide.

Kevin Hart, head of reserves at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: 'We are erring on the side of caution. The machinery and livestock have been moved off the reserve.'

However he said it was more as a precaution measure, and he was not expecting water levels similar to the storms last December.

North Norfolk District Council coastal engineer Brian Farrow said he had confidence in the repairs to the sea defences at Cromer. 'All the priority works have been done and I am confident they will stand up,' he said.

'It will be interesting to see where the wind goes, if it moves to the north then it will be more significant.

'We can handle where it is at the moment with the defences.'

Contractors repairing the sea wall at Cromer have moved the plant off the beach.

The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings for the Anglia region, for the following areas:

• Norfolk Coast at Walcott, from Sea View and Watch House Lane in Keswick to Horizon View in Ostend

• Felixstowe Ferry & Bawdsey Quay

• Tidal River Bure from Scare Gap to Acle Bridge

• Riverside properties along the tidal River Yare including Cantley, Brundall and Reedham.

• Isolated low lying properties along the tidal River Waveney

• Southwold and surrounding marshes

Forecasters said gusts of up to 60mph could hit coastal areas of Norfolk, with the high winds remaining in place until after midnight.

Dan Holley, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, revealed by later this afternoon winds on the coast would reach between 55mph and 60mph and those inland about 45mph.

The Met Office has extended its 'yellow' severe weather warning for the East of England, valid from just after midnight to 8pm on Tuesday evening and now covers all areas of the Anglia region.

A 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.

The Environment Agency also warned that strong winds and high tide may increase saltwater levels in the Broads. It asked anyone who sees fish in distress to call its Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60.

The threat of high winds has led to Horning-based attraction BeWILDerwood announcing it would not be opening today - a decision which was announced on Twitter.

Yesterday the adventure park tweeted: 'Due to high winds and rain tomorrow, in the interest of safety we've made the decision to close the park :( open as normal Weds 22nd'.

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