These are the dramatic images of severe storms which have swept the country, destroying homes and causing chaos for travellers with roads flooded and many rail services unable to run.

While Scotland and northern England bore the brunt of the disruption yesterday, it was East Anglia, southern England and Wales where transport problems proliferated today.

Most Scottish rail services were able to run today, following yesterday's virtual shutdown. But In England and Wales it was a different story, with a number of Greater Anglia train company services unable to operate, and some Norwich to London trains having to be cancelled.

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A rescue team pulls a boat with an evacuee on board through flood water in The High Street in Boston

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A resident sits on the stairs of an appartment deep in flood water

Flood waters are reported to be receding after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years hit coastal towns along the east coast of Britain.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and spent the night in temporary accommodation as officials warned lives could be at risk.

The North Sea surge hit the north Norfolk coast early yesterday evening and headed south throughout the night.

The fierce Atlantic storm - which has already claimed two lives - caused widespread disruption yesterday, but some agencies this morning said that the expected flooding overnight was less severe than expected.

EMilitary personnel from Colchester Garrison helped emergency services during the night in Maldon, and the majority of people evacuated from their homes have now left rest centres, police said.

More than 10,000 homes on the coast were last night earmarked for evacuation after officials warned that the lives of people in the regions could be at risk.

In Boston, Lincolnshire, more than 250 people were taken to evacuation centres last night, and 200 were reported to be at a centre in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

The Environment Agency has issued 45 severe flood warnings - the highest category, which are only issued when flooding poses a danger to life - covering coastal areas in East Anglia, the North Sea coast and south-eastern parts of England as high tides return again this morning.

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RNLI rescue personnell work through the night searching flooded properties for people not already evacuated as emergency services prepare for the next high tide in Rhyl

Across the country more than 100,000 properties were hit by power cuts as winds of up to 140mph battered powerlines.

At Blakeney in north Norfolk, the water breached the quay at about 5.30pm. Allan Urquhart, who has lived on the seafront for eight years, took a rowing boat to the King's Arms pub to collect a friend.

He said: "I'm going to row back to the house and we'll stay upstairs tonight.

"We've put sandbags in place so hopefully we'll be OK. I'm as confident as I can be.

"This is the worst flooding I've seen so it could be a difficult night for lots of people."

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who chaired two Cobra meetings, said: "It is really important that people take steps to prepare for flooding, which is likely to occur overnight.

"Clearly our priority is public safety and I urge people to act on the advice from the environment agency, police and local agencies."

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    BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A resident sits on the stairs of an appartment deep in flood water on December 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A rescue team wade through flood water in The High Street on December 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A rescue team pulls a boat with an evacuee on board through flood water in The High Street on December 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    RHYL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: RNLI rescue personnell work through the night searching flooded properties for people not already evacuated as emergency services prepare for the next high tide on December 5, 2013 in Rhyl, United Kingdom. Storms across Britain has resulted in two deaths and the evacuation of thousand of people. High winds and high tides caused by low atmospheric pressure has created flooding in many coastal towns. Emergency services are monitoring coastal defences as the next high tide are due in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Severe Winds As Storm Surges Threaten Coastal Regions

    RHYL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: RNLI rescue personnell work through the night searching flooded properties for people not already evacuated as emergency services prepare for the next high tide on December 5, 2013 in Rhyl, United Kingdom. Storms across Britain has resulted in two deaths and the evacuation of thousand of people. High winds and high tides caused by low atmospheric pressure has created flooding in many coastal towns. Emergency services are monitoring coastal defences as the next high tide are due in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Severe Winds As Storm Surges Threaten Coastal Regions

    RHYL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: RNLI rescue personnell work through the night searching flooded properties for people not already evacuated as emergency services prepare for the next high tide on December 5, 2013 in Rhyl, United Kingdom. Storms across Britain has resulted in two deaths and the evacuation of thousand of people. High winds and high tides caused by low atmospheric pressure has created flooding in many coastal towns. Emergency services are monitoring coastal defences as the next high tide are due in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Severe Winds As Storm Surges Threaten Coastal Regions

    RHYL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Cars sit in a flooded street as emergency services prepare for the next high tide on December 5, 2013 in Rhyl, United Kingdom. Storms across Britain has resulted in two deaths and the evacuation of thousand of people. High winds and high tides caused by low atmospheric pressure has created flooding in many coastal towns. Emergency services are monitoring coastal defences as the next high tide are due in the early hours of Friday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    SANDSEND, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A police van blocks the road as strong tidal surges come over the sea wall on December 5, 2013 in Sandsend, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Firefighters in Whitby pump out flood water from business premises following severe flooding in the Yorkshire town on December 5, 2013 in Whitby, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A rescue team helps an evacuee from a boat after pulling it through flood waters in The High Street on December 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Firefighters in Whitby pump out flood water from business premises following severe flooding in the Yorkshire town on December 5, 2013 in Whitby, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A member of staff in a pub in Whitby tries to clean up flood water from the bar following a strong tidal surge on December 5, 2013 in Whitby, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A member of staff in a pub in Whitby tries to clean out flood water from the bar after a strong tidal surge caused severe flooding on December 5, 2013 in Whitby, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By High Winds

    WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Firefighters in Whitby pump out flood water from business premises following severe flooding in the Yorkshire town on December 5, 2013 in Whitby, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    SANDSEND, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A Coastguard vehicle blocks the road as strong tidal surges come over the sea wall on December 5, 2013 in Sandsend, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: Water breaches the sea wall on the promenade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm serge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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    GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: A local resident looks on as water breaches the sea wall on the promenade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm serge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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    GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: Local residents fill sandbags through the night as high tide approaches on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm serge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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    SANDSEND, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: A member of the Coastguard helps to close the coast road in Sandsend as strong tidal surges come over the sea wall on December 5, 2013 in Sandsend, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    Cromer Pier this morning after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years hit coastal towns along the east coast of Britain.

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    Cromer Pier this morning after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years hit coastal towns along the east coast of Britain.

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    Firefighters doing house to house checks in Blakeney, Norfolk, after a tidal surge hit tonight.

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    Firefighters doing house to house checks in Blakeney, Norfolk, after a tidal surge hit tonight.

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    Firefighters doing house to house checks in Blakeney, Norfolk, after a tidal surge hit tonight.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People are rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    Police at the scene where a lorry driver has died as his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian as the gale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.

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    Police at the scene where a lorry driver has died as his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian as the gale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.

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    Police at the scene where a lorry driver has died as his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian as the gale-force winds brought widespread disruption to the transport network.

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    A man stands in front of a huge wave on the seafront in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    A woman stands in front of a huge wave on the seafront in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People walk a dog along the seafront in Rhyl passing huge waves as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People walk a dog along the seafront in Rhyl passing huge waves as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    People stop and look at a huge wave as they walk a dog along the seafront in Rhyl as heavy seas and high tides sweep across the country.

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    High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts.

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    A driver has a lucky escape after suffering only minor injuries as a tree fell on her car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

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    Workers clear up debris after a tree fell in high winds, landing on a passing car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    A driver has a lucky escape after suffering only minor injuries as a tree fell on her car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    Workers clear up debris after a tree fell in high winds, landing on a passing car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    Workers clear up debris after a tree fell in high winds, landing on a passing car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    Workers clear up debris after a tree fell in high winds, landing on a passing car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    A driver has a lucky escape after suffering only minor injuries as a tree fell on her car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.

  • Autumn weather Dec 5th

    A driver has a lucky escape after suffering only minor injuries as a tree fell on her car in Solihull, Birmingham. Forecasters predict winds of up to 80mph will batter the UK over the coming days.