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Warning of disruption from strong winds and high tides

FLOOD FORECAST STATEMENT: 1500HRS 07/10/2014

Natural Resources Wales is urging people to be prepared as high tides combined with strong winds could lead to minor disruption from flooding over the coming days (Wednesday 8 + Thursday 9 October).

Most of the south and west Wales coastline is likely to experience wave and spray overtopping, from Chepstow along the coast to Aberystwyth, after the Met Office forecast strong south-westerly winds.

These strong winds and high astronomical tides could cause minor disruption to coastal areas and a small number of isolated properties could be flooded.

The Met Office confirmed that an area of low pressure will keep conditions unsettled across South Wales throughout Wednesday and Thursday, with showers expected on both days.

Winds will also be strong, with gale force gusts of 45-50 mph possible across southern coastal areas on Wednesday. Winds will stay strong at first on Thursday, but should ease later in the day.  

Natural Resources Wales is likely to issue a number of coastal Flood Alerts and some Flood Warnings being issued in areas that could be affected.  

People are advised to stay clear of promenades and should not stand too close to the sea front as they could be swept away by large waves or hit by debris.

Emergency response workers will be at key sites checking that Natural Resources Wales coastal defences are in good working order and making sure any outfalls are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes.

Flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and follow @natreswales on Twitter for the latest updates.

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