THE worst of the gales which have battered Britain today are over - but the country has now been warned to brace itself for flooding.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who chaired two Cobra meetings today, said: “The country is braced for what could be further very serious storms and flooding overnight.
“Local agencies are already implementing their contingency plans.
“The Environment Agency is working closely with local authorities, and has teams out on the ground checking flood defences, monitoring sea levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary.
“It is really important that people take steps to prepare for flooding, which is likely to occur overnight.
“Evacuations are already taking place in several places across the country.
“Clearly our priority is public safety, and I urge people to act on the advice from the environment agency, police and local agencies.”