Flood warnings across Lincolnshire as snow storm continues to blow

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Thousands of people are being urged to leave their homes in an Essex village as the United Kingdom continues to endure a battering from gales, rain and snow.

There are now three Flood Alerts in place in London, Kent and the Sussex coast, with a combination of high tides and tidal surges with strong winds and rainfall expected today.

The Environment Agency said the morning tide was not as high as expected but it has issued 11 severe flood warnings - meaning danger to life - for later.

The agency urged residents to take "immediate action", warning: "Properties are at risk on Leigh-on-Sea High Street".

He added: "We have been looking at the forecast for the last week and the best information we have from all of the agencies involved are that we are facing a ideal storm of a spring tide of 4.2m (14ft), a storm surge coming down the North Sea, truly inclement weather of snow and rain and winds of between 40 and 50mph. We have moved resources and equipment to the coast and the army is on standby to assist if needed", he added.

"We're working closely across government to monitor the situation as it develops and I ask people to check their flood risk, keep a close eye on updates and follow any advice from the Environment Agency and the emergency services".

"My officers will start calling at all residences in Jaywick from 4pm this afternoon, to advise them that from 7am tomorrow we will be transporting people out of the town to the rest centre".

Over 180 warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency up and down by the coast. Lincolnshire County Council are urging farmers to move their livestock further inland away from the flood risk area if possible.

Three schools in Norfolk and nine schools in Lincolnshire, including five in Skegness, have been closed for the day.

Freezing temperatures brought chaos for commuters trying to get to and from work, with crashes in icy conditions having brought some routes to a standstill.

"That is why we have soldiers on the ground helping to warn and evacuate people alongside the emergency services and Environment Agency teams, who are putting up temporary defences".

Large parts of the United Kingdom have been hit by heavy snow and high winds.

Flights at Manchester Airport were delayed as aircraft were de-iced, while Eurostar cancelled two trains between London and Paris due to "weather conditions" in south-east England and northern France.

Conditions are expected to turn milder and become more settled over the weekend.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mike Penning praised troops who have been deployed to areas which are at risk.

"And I really do urge people, I know it's hard to leave your property, and imagine things will be better if you're not there for 24 hours but it is".