Yorkshire coastal towns inundated by worst tidal surge for 60 years after 87mph gales

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Yorkshire’s coastal towns were swamped last night as the worst tidal surge for 60 years reached the region’s shores.

The River Hull reached its highest-ever recorded level in the city last night, peaking at 19ft as water swelled in from the Humber estuary and triggered the city’s flood defences.

A man surveys flood damage to his propery in South Ferriby following Thursday night's tidal surge.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

A man surveys flood damage to his propery in South Ferriby following Thursday night's tidal surge. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Eight severe flood warnings – signifying a risk to life – were in place around the Humber estuary and the North Sea coast in the region last night.

A search was mounted for three people believed to have been swept into the Humber at Flixborough, near Scunthorpe, but 
they were later found safe and well.

Along the coast, harbours were breached and waterfront businesses were flooded by the freak tides, which were driven by gales of up to 87mph that lashed the region yesterday.

The storm left a trail of destruction and caused travel chaos as roofs were torn off buildings, trees were felled, lorries were toppled.

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

And thousands of homes were left without electricity after the gusts brought down power cables.

While the wind had largely died down last night, emergency services warned further flooding could be yet to come on this morning’s high tides.

Storm chaos: Page 4 & 5.

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

Storms have brought havoc today

A woman is knocked down in the high winds near Bridgewater Place, Leeds

A woman is knocked down in the high winds near Bridgewater Place, Leeds