Flood Alert Info - North Sea coast from Staithes to Whitby including tidal River Esk

Area Description

The North Sea coast from Staithes to Whitby including Sandsend and tidal River Esk.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 21 Feb 2019 15:00
North Sea
Overtopping waves and spray are possible either side of the high spring tide at 17:15 on Thursday 21st February. We are monitoring the situation. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous. This message will be updated after the tide has passed or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jan 2019 19:20
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force due to overtopping waves and spray as a result of gale force winds and large waves in the North Sea, continuing for the rest of Sunday evening 27/01/2019 until around midnight. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads near the North Sea Coast, at Sandsend. Minor overtopping waves and spray are also forecast for this area between 7 am and midday on Monday morning 28/01/2019, but this is not currently expected to cause any issues. This message will be updated on Monday morning 28/01/2019 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jan 2019 13:28
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force as overtopping waves and spray are expected as a result of gale force winds and large waves in the North Sea on Sunday, 27/01/2019. Overtopping waves and spray are expected on Sunday evening between 5.30 pm and midnight. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads near the North Sea Coast, at Sandsend. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message on Sunday evening, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jan 2019 08:19
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force as overtopping waves and spray are expected as a result of gale force winds and large waves in the North Sea on Sunday, 27/01/2019. Some minor overtopping waves and spray are expected on Sunday morning between 8 am and midday. The main concern is the period of overtopping waves and spray forecast for Sunday evening between 5.30 pm and midnight. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads near the North Sea Coast, at Sandsend. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and may need to issue flood warnings for this area if forecast weather conditions worsen. This message will be updated on Sunday afternoon or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Jan 2019 19:20
North Sea
This flood alert has been issued as overtopping waves and spray are expected as a result of strong winds and large waves in the North Sea on Sunday, 27/01/2019. Overtopping waves and spray are expected on Sunday morning between 8 am and midday, and Sunday evening between 5 pm and midnight. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads near the North Sea Coast, at Sandsend. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and may need to issue flood warnings for this area if forecast weather conditions worsen. This message will be updated on Sunday morning or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Jan 2019 20:30
North Sea
Strong to gale-force winds, combined with high tides are causing large waves in the North Sea. Overtopping wave and wind-blown spray is expected to affect exposed parts of the Yorkshire Coast, in particular around Sandsend and the A174 where it runs next to the sea, and in Whitby around the Piers between 06:45 and 08:30 tomorrow morning, Wednesday 9th January. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow morning 09/01/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Jan 2019 11:49
North Sea
Strong to gale-force winds, combined with high tides are causing large waves in the North Sea. Overtopping wave and wind-blown spray is expected to affect exposed parts of the Yorkshire Coast, in particular around Sandsend and the A174 where it runs next to the sea, and in Whitby around the Piers between 18:45 and 20:30 this evening, Tuesday 8th January. And then again between 06:45 and 08:30 tomorrow morning, Wednesday 9th January. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated this evening 08/01/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Jan 2019 19:28
North Sea
Strong to gale-force winds, combined with high tides are expected to cause large waves in the North Sea tomorrow, Tuesday 8th January. Overtopping wave and wind-blown spray is expected to affect exposed parts of the Yorkshire Coast, in particular around Sandsend and the A174 where it runs next to the sea between 05:45 and 09:30. Strong to gale-force winds will continue along the coast throughout the day. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 08/01/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2018 08:33
North Sea
Large waves are expected to cause spray and some overtopping of sea defences as a result of strong onshore winds. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday. The particular area of concern is Sandsend. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as new forecasts become available. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2018 17:08
North Sea
Large waves are expected to cause spray and some overtopping of sea defences as a result of strong onshore winds. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday. The particular area of concern is Sandsend. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as new forecasts become available. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Nov 2018 19:18
North Sea
This flood alert is issued for the high tide at Sandsend. Large and powerful waves are expected to overtop sea defences at Sandsend as a result of strong winds. Consequently, flooding is possible between 15:00 and 17.30 on Tuesday 20th November 2018 and between 03:00am and 05:15am on Wednesday 21st November 2018. These particularly high tides are because of the naturally occurring astronomical tide cycle. We will monitor the situation and will update this information and issue warnings as required. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan. For local weather forecasts please see the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Oct 2018 19:44
North Sea
Strong to gale force winds combined with high tides are creating large waves along the Yorkshire coast. Overtopping waves and wind-blown spray are expected to affect coastal frontages, in particular around Sandsend tomorrow morning, Tuesday 30th October, around high tide at 0725. Strong winds and large waves are expected to continue throughout the week so please take care in coastal locations and stay away from large waves as they can be dangerous. We will monitor the situation and will update this information and issue warnings as required. Be prepared to act on your floodplan. For local weather forecasts please see the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Oct 2018 20:37
North Sea
Strong to gale force winds combined with high tides are creating large waves along the Yorkshire coast. Overtopping waves and wind-blown spray are expected to affect coastal frontages, in particular in Sandsend tomorrow morning around high tide at 05:30. Strong winds and large waves are expected to continue throughout the weekend so please take care in coastal locations and stay away from large waves as they can be dangerous.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Oct 2018 10:20
North Sea
Strong to gale force winds combined with high tides are creating large waves along the Yorkshire coast. Overtopping waves and wind-blown spray are expected to affect coastal frontages, in particular Sandsend and Whitby this evening around high tide at 18:30. Strong winds and large waves are expected to continue throughout the weekend so please take care in coastal locations and stay away from large waves as they can be dangerous.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2018 14:13
North Sea
This flood alert has been issued due to strong winds that will create overtopping and windblown spray from the North Sea on Saturday 27 October between 07:00 to 10:00. The main area of concern is Sandsend. Please stay away from large waves as they can be dangerous. Winds will remain strong throughout the weekend. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Sep 2018 15:56
North Sea
Some of the highest tides of the year are expected on the North Sea Coast from Staithes to Whitby on Wednesday 12th September in the morning and may lead to localised flooding due to over topping. The current forecast shows that the most significant water levels are likely to occur between 04:45 and 06:00 tomorrow morning. These particular high tides are because of the naturally occurring astronomical tide cycle. Conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide. We will monitor the situation and will update this information and issue warning as required. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Apr 2018 11:18
North Sea
This flood alert is in force for the evening tide on Monday 30th April 2018 due to overtopping waves driven by a strong north-easterly wind at Sandsend between 5:30pm and 7:00pm tonight. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this alert with the latest forecast information accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Mar 2018 12:57
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force as strong easterly winds and spring high tides continue to bring a risk of wave overtopping and spray along the North Sea coast. This is being forecast during the high tide on Sunday 18th March. The particular area of concern is Sandsend between 16:45 and 19:15. Exposed and low lying sections of the coastline may also be at risk and members of the public are advised to take care in these areas due to the risk of increased wave heights, windblown spray and debris during high water. Conditions are forecast to improve on Monday with wind speeds easing and with a more northerly direction. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert with the latest forecast information.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Mar 2018 11:13
North Sea
This flood alert is in force as strong to gale force onshore winds will bring the risk of wave overtopping and spray along the North Sea coast during the weekend. The particular area at risk is Sandsend between 16:15 and 18:45 on Saturday 17th March, and between 04:15 and 07:00 on Sunday 18th March. Exposed and low lying areas along the coastline may also be at risk and members of the public are advised to use caution due to the risk of increased wave heights, windblown spray and debris during high water. Further alerts may be required as high winds and wave conditions with spring tides will continue through the weekend. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert with the latest forecast information.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2018 10:51
North Sea
This flood alert is in force during the afternoon high tide on Friday 16th March and the morning high tide on Saturday 17th March. Strong to gale force onshore winds will bring the risk of wave overtopping and windblown spray along the North Sea coast. The particular area at risk is at Sandsend between 16:00 and 18:00 on Friday, and between 04:30 and 06:15 on Saturday. Members of the public are advised to use caution along the coastline due to the risk of increased wave heights, windblown spray and debris during high water. Further alerts may be required over the weekend period due to unsettled weather and spring tides. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert with the latest forecast information.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Mar 2018 13:54
North Sea
The Flood Alert remains in place due to overtopping and wave-blown spray in and around Sandsend as a result of the strong easterly winds. Overtopping and windblown spray are expected between 1:30pm and 7:45pm on Friday 2nd March, creating similar conditions there as experienced on the last few tides. Roads and footpaths near to the coast continue to be effected by windblown spray and debris as a result of wave action, and members of the public are advised to use considerable caution in these areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2018 14:34
North Sea
The Flood Alert remains in place due to overtopping and wave-blown spray in and around Sandsend as a result of the strong easterly winds. Overtopping and windblown spray can be expected between 2:30pm and 7pm on Thursday 1st March and then again between 1:30am and 7.30am on Friday 2nd March. Strong easterly winds may increase windblown spray particularly around peak tides. Roads and footpaths near to the coast may be affected by windblown spray and debris as a result of wave action, and members of the public are advised to use considerable caution in these areas.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2018 15:45
North Sea
The Flood Alert remains in place due to overtopping and wave-blown spray in and around Sandsend for the next two days as a result of the strong easterly winds. Overtopping and windblown spray can be expected on Wednesday 28th February between 3pm and 6:30pm. On Thursday 1st March overtopping and windblown spray can be expected between 4am and 7am, and between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. It is possible that this Alert will also remain in place for the tides on Friday 2nd March, which we will provide updates for in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Feb 2018 16:28
North Sea
Easterly winds combined with large waves will create wind-blown spray affecting the area around Sandsend tomorrow morning between 0330 and 0500 and tomorrow afternoon between 1530 and 1730. This weather system is expected to remain until the weekend, however we are continually monitoring the situation and will update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Feb 2018 11:44
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force for the evening tide on Saturday 3rd February between the times of 17:45 and 19:15. High tides, wave action and windblown spray are possible particularly around Sandsend. Weather conditions are forecast to improve from Sunday, with falling astronomical tide levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Feb 2018 20:30
North Sea
This flood alert has been issued for the evening tide on Saturday 3rd February between the times of 18:00 and 19:00. High tides, wave action and windblown spray are possible particularly around Sandsend. Weather conditions are forecast to improve from Sunday, with falling astronomical tide levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Feb 2018 12:25
North Sea
This flood alert remains in force for the evening high tide on Thursday 1st February. The combination of high tides, small surge and wave action is expected to generate some overtopping of waves and windblown spray at Sandsend and Whitby around New Quay Road. The particular time of concern at Sandsend is between 15:15 and 18:15. The particular time of concern at Whitby is between 15:45 and 16:45. Other low lying areas close to the coast may be at risk during these periods. As we are in a period of higher tides with unsettled weather it is likely that this alert will remain in force over the next few days, and we will continue to monitor the situation and update this message with new forecast information when this becomes available.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2018 15:34
North Sea
This flood alert has been issued for the high tides on Thursday 1st February. The combination of high tides, small surge and wave action is expected to generate some overtopping of waves and windblown spray at Sandsend and Whitby around New Quay Road. The particular times of concern at Sandsend are between 04:15 and 05:30 on Thursday 1st February and then again on the afternoon tide between 15:30 and 18:15. The particular times of concern at Whitby are between 04:00 and 05:00 on Thursday 1st February and then again in the afternoon between 15:45 and 16:45. Other low lying areas close to the coast may be at risk during these periods. As we are in a period of higher tides with unsettled weather it is likely that this alert will remain in force over the next few days, and we will continue to monitor the situation and update this message with new forecast information when this becomes available.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Jan 2018 13:17
North Sea
This Flood Alert is in force as overtopping waves and wind-blown spray are possible along the Yorkshire North Sea Coast, this is because of strong winds combined with high astronomic tide levels. Tidal levels will decrease later in the week, but the weather will remain unsettled into the weekend and so alerts may remain in force for the next few days. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jan 2018 12:53
North Sea
This Flood Alert is in force as overtopping waves and wind-blown spray are possible along the Yorkshire North Sea Coast, this is because of strong westerly winds combined with high astronomic tide levels. Tidal levels will decrease later in the week, but the weather will remain unsettled into the weekend and so alerts may remain in force for the next few days. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Jan 2018 16:41
North Sea
This flood alert is in force during the morning high tide on Wednesday 3rd January. Peak spring tides coinciding with unsettled weather is leading to an increased risk of wave overtopping and spray along the North Sea coast. The particular area at risk is Sandsend between 04:15 and 06:30. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert with the latest forecast information.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2017 13:55
North Sea
This flood alert is in force for the evening high tide on Friday 8th December. Overtopping waves and spray can be expected around Sandsend between 18:30 and 20:45. The area around Whitby may also be affected by high water levels and accompanying waves between 18:45 and 20:15. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2017 11:37
North Sea
This flood alert is in force for the high tides over the next few days. The alert is due to the water level expected at the time of high tide for the tide on Thursday 7th December at 19:00 and Friday 8th December at 07:15 and 19:30. Overtopping waves can be expected in the hours leading up to and after high tides, affecting Sandsend and Whitby for each of these tides. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Nov 2017 11:20
North Sea
A flood alert has been issued for the North Sea Coast from Staithes to Whitby including the Tidal River Esk. The specific areas of concern are New Quay Road in Whitby between 15:15 and 17:45 and Sandsend between 16:15 and 16:45 on Sunday the 5th of November. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Nov 2017 15:04
North Sea
A flood alert has been issued for the North Sea Coast from Staithes to Whitby including the Tidal River Esk. The specific area of concern is New Quay Road in Whitby between 04:00 and 04:30 on Sunday the 5th of November. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert accordingly.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Nov 2017 15:38
North Sea
This alert is issued for the North Sea coast at Sandsend, during the high tide on Saturday morning, 4 November, between 02:30 and 04:30. Wind and wave action may lead to overtopping in the area. These particularly high tides are because of the naturally occurring astronomical tide cycle. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this information and issue warnings as required.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2017 14:18
North Sea
This flood alert is in force for the afternoon high tide on Thursday 5th October and the following morning high tide on Friday 6th. Strong north westerly winds at high water could lead to increased spray and wave action along the North Sea Coast. The particular area at risk from wave overtopping and windblown spray is the Whitby Harbour area, including New Quay Road, between 4:30pm and 5pm on Thursday, and again on Friday morning between 04:00am and 05:30am. In addition, Sandsend is also at risk during the high tide on Friday between 04:00am and 06:15am. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this alert with the latest forecast information.