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Monster waves slam into UK, coastal homes evacuated as more floods warned

Waves crash against the promenade in Aberystwyth, Wales Monday Jan. 6, 2014 as strong winds and high tides continue in western Britain . Weather forecasting body the Met Office warned of wind gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), accompanied by exceptionally large waves, along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland on Monday. The Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood warnings and alerts. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
January 06, 2014 - 10:04 AM

LONDON - Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 metres) high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast on Monday, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding.

The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K.

In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast.

The Met Office, Britain's weather forecasting body, warned of wind gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland.

It said the storm is loosely connected to the weather system that caused the U.S winter storm, which dumped large amounts of snow in the Northeast and delayed thousands of flights.

"A very strong jet stream helped to steer a lot of low pressure across the U.K.," said forecaster Charles Powell.

At least seven people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since December, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England.

The Environment Agency issued three severe flood warnings Monday — meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood alerts.

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