Preparations are continuing across West Norfolk amid fears of flooding in an expected tidal surge tonight, Thursday December 5.
Around 500 homes in Snettisham, Heacham and south Hunstanton have been evacuated during the course of the day and a rest centre is being set up at the Hunstanton Community Centre.
Roads including South Beach Road in Hunstanton, Jubliee Road and South Beach in Heacham and Beach Road in Snettisham will also be closed to traffic because of the surge.
Meanwhile, in Lynn, Environment Agency workers are beginning the operation to close the town’s flood barriers ahead of the expected high tide at around 8pm this evening. Drivers have also been told to move their vehicles off the South Quay before they are forcibly removed by police and some roads leading to the quayside, such as College Lane, are already closed.
Forecasters fear that the high tides, combined with strong winds, could cause tidal flooding tonight and tomorrow morning.
And the weather is already causing travel disruption, with the A148 partially blocked by a fallen tree between the Knights Hill roundabout and the B1153 turning at Hillington.
Rail passengers are also facing delays because of an obstruction on the line between Cambridge and Ely. First Capital Connect, who operate most rail services to and from West Norfolk, say train services are being delayed by up to an hour.