Communities along the North West coast of England, and rivers affected by tide, should prepare for the risk of coastal flooding.
The Environment Agency and Met Office are forecasting that gale-force winds and large waves will combine with spring tides and a large surge will hit the country on Thursday, and through Friday, and possibly into Saturday.
This brings a risk of coastal flooding.
On the west coast during Thursday severe gales and large waves, combined with high water levels are expected and, some coastal flooding is possible for parts of the North West of England.
Liz O’Neill, the Environment Agency’s North West Incident Duty Manager, said: “Gale force winds and large waves are forecast during Thursday and Friday, coinciding with high tides. “These are expected to cause potential flooding in the North West on Thursday morning.
“Communities on the coast and near estuaries could be affected.
“Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea.
“People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.
“The Environment Agency is fully prepared and we are working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground confirming that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood warnings if necessary.
“People should check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgencyNW and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook, and to sign up to receive free flood warnings.”
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx.