Severe flood warning for UK

Gale force winds and an expected tidal surge are set to cause wide spread flooding in coastal areas of western England and Scotland. 

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

 A special constable walks through the high tide flood water that still remains on the seafront at Lynmouth on January 3 in North Devon, England. Picture: Getty

A special constable walks through the high tide flood water that still remains on the seafront at Lynmouth on January 3 in North Devon, England. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Ardrossan harbour lighthouse on January 3, 2014 in Ardrossan, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Ardrossan harbour lighthouse on January 3, 2014 in Ardrossan, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Ardrossan harbour lighthouse on January 3, 2014 in Ardrossan, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Ardrossan harbour lighthouse on January 3, 2014 in Ardrossan, Scotland. Picture: Getty

A man and boy take evasive action as waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

A man and boy take evasive action as waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Picture: Getty

Waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Waves break over Saltcoats Esplanade on January 3, 2014 in Saltcoats, Scotland. Picture: Getty

 A windsurfer braves the elements as strong winds and heavy rain hit England and Wales on January 03, 2014 in Goring, England. Picture: Getty

A windsurfer braves the elements as strong winds and heavy rain hit England and Wales on January 03, 2014 in Goring, England. Picture: Getty