Thousands of families are to be evacuated as a result of ferocious winds that have swept the country, killing a lorry driver.
Police said the driver died when his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian, Scotland, as the g ale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.
More than 10,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated after officials warned that the lives of people in the region could be at risk from the worst coastal tidal surge for over 60 years.
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a number of severe flood warnings - the highest cat egory, warning of danger to life - to the east coast and north Wales as high tides and strong winds threatened to swamp the coastline.
In Norfolk, 9,000 homes are being evacuated as local officials attempt to stem the damage from the coastal surge.
A further 1,000 properties are to be evacuated in affected areas in Suffolk and some residents in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, are also being urged to leave their homes.