Monster waves slam into UK, coastal homes evacuated as more floods warned

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 3:34 PM

LONDON (AP) — Waves up to 27 feet high have been hammering Britain's southwestern coast today, and coastal residents are bracing for another round of flooding.

The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K., while seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast.

Britain's weather forecasting body is warning of wind gusts up to 70 mph and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland.

With heavy rain also falling, the Environment Agency has issued three severe flood warnings— meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood alerts.

The Met Office says the storm is loosely connected to the weather system that caused last month's big winter storm in the U.S.

At least seven people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since December.

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APPHOTO LON808: Waves crash onto the promenade between Fleetwood and Blackpool, as high tides and huge waves hit the North West England, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Residents along Britain's coasts are braced for more flooding as strong winds, rain and high tides lash the country. At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. (AP Photo/PA, John Giles) UNITED KINGDOM OUT s (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO LON802: People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break, on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Residents along Britain's coasts are braced for more flooding as strong winds, rain and high tides lash the country. At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. (AP Photo/PA, Ben Birchall) UNITED KINGDOM OUT (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO LON804: Waves crash against the Aberystwyth coastline, in Wales, as strong winds and high tides continue to blow in from the west, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Residents along Britain's coasts are braced for more flooding as strong winds, rain and high tides lash the country. At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. (AP Photo/PA, Dave Thompson) UNITED KINGDOM OUT (6 Jan 2014)

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