Flood alert in place for the Whitby area

A flood warning is in place at Sandsend this evening (Friday) with people urged to take immediate action.

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 1:15 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2018, 1:20 pm
Heavy waves are expected to batter the coast tonight. Picture Ceri Oakes/Ross Parry.

The warning has been issued as strong easterly winds continue to batter our coastline and drive the waves in at speed.

Guidance from the Environment Agency says: "This Flood Warning has been issued due to forecast overtopping and wave-blown spray in and around Sandsend as a result of the strong easterly winds. Overtopping and windblown spray are expected through the afternoon and evening of Friday March 2, but the particular time of concern is between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Conditions will be similar to those experienced on the last few tides. Roads and footpaths near to the coast continue to be affected by windblown spray and debris as a result of wave action, and members of the public are advised to use considerable caution in these areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly."