UK lashed by high winds, waves

2014-01-07 19:09
Waves crash against the promenade in Aberystwyth, Wales as strong winds and high tides continue in western Britain. (Dave Thompson, AP/PA)

Waves crash against the promenade in Aberystwyth, Wales as strong winds and high tides continue in western Britain. (Dave Thompson, AP/PA)

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London - Britain's western coast is being lashed by high winds and strong rains following a month of unusually frequent winter storms.

A steady procession of storms has battered the island nation over the past few weeks, making December the windiest since 1969. Monster waves up to 8.3m high washed across the British coast on Monday, prompting evacuations and rescues.

The nearly non-stop storms have crumbled long-standing sea cliffs and damaged waterfronts.

"It's been one after the other with no break," Nicola Maxey, a spokesperson for Britain's Meteorological Office, said on Tuesday.

More than 100 flood warnings remain across England and Wales.

Heavy winds and rain have also battered the French coast, driving large waves into southwestern town of Biarritz on Tuesday.

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