25/09/2012 10:46 BST

UK Weather: Foam Engulfs Aberdeen Village As Floods Sweep Britain (PICTURES)

These dramatic photographs capture the extreme weather conditions currently battering Britain, as hundreds of residents evacuated their homes in Morpeth, Newcastle, Teeside and West Yorkshire.

Some of the most striking shots were taken in the coastal village of Fittie in Aberdeen as winds whipped up a storm across the seafront, covering the village in foam.

Cars were drenched in the oceanic suds as the white spray came over the sea wall.

The foam could be the combination of decomposing algae churned with the tide and the wind. The Environmental Agency said the foam usually disappears quite quickly.

Artist Joyce Cairns told STV: "I have stayed in the village for 33 years and I have seen wild storms but never anything as bad as this."

In Northumbria, fire and rescue teams sailed down streets and searched flooded houses. Persistent heavy downpours continued in some areas, causing Morpeth to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

Fire and Rescue teams in Morpeth

Heavy rains sent cars careering down a river and homes were flooded in Rothbury, Northumberland, a county councillor said.

Local county councillor Steven Bridgett said: "The water was extremely fast-flowing.

"There has been a couple of cars washed down the river."

Firefighters rescue stranded motorists from a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire

A search of the River Swale near Catterick was launched following reports of a person in the water, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Fire crews and Cleveland Air Support have joined the operation, along with mountain resuce specialists.

The spokesman said: "Crews are searching upstream and downstream and mountain rescue have set up their swift water team."

Firefighters make their way along a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued

Sandbags were piled against the banks of the River Wear as it was reported that one school experienced a power cut whilst another was forced to close. About 50 properties in and around Wearside were evacuated, Sunderland City Council said.

No trains today: National Rail handout photo of the flooded railway line near Dalton, North Yorkshire, which is preventing preventing the running of East Coast services between London and Scotland.

Durham police are warning people not to go out unless it is completely necessary and have advised employers "to let staff leave work early today to minimise the disruption on the roads during rush hour".

The Met Office released the above satellite shot of Britain, shrouded in cloud

More than 150 flood alerts and 70 flood warnings have been issued for England and Wales. More than 200 properties have been flooded across England and Wales since Monday, the Environment Agency said.

The Braid river burst its banks in the shadow of Slemish mountain, in Co Antrim, as the persistent rain is joined by gale force winds.

Gale force winds battered Sunderland as waves crash against the sea wall. Sandbags have been distributed to homes along Southview, in Fatfield, Washington, overlooking the River Wear.

Communities across the north of England and Wales are being warned they should remain prepared for further flooding. The Met Office is forecasting further downpours in northern England and north and west Wales today, with 25mm to 50mm (1-2 inches) set to fall in some areas.