People in South Lakeland are being urged to take precautions tomorrow (Thursday, December 5), amid warnings of high winds which could lead to coastal flooding.

Wind speeds are expected to average between 60 and 75 mph between 3am and 3pm but could reach 75mph on the coast, with large waves predicted.

The Met Office and Environment Agency say there is a medium risk of some minor coastal flooding for much of the North West coast.

The highest tides in the north Morecambe Bay area are expected at 12.45pm, so the greatest flood risk will be at around 1pm.

The Arnside tidal gates were closed on Wednesday afternoon.

Up to 235 coastal homes are in the warning area between Arnside and Ulverston, although it is unlikely this many will be affected.

The council is warning drivers to take care, especially on exposed roads, and urging everyone to beware of falling trees.

Phil Greenup, South Lakeland District Council’s Public Protection Manager, said: “I would urge everyone to be wary of the risks of coastal flooding.

“If householders need sandbags we will have a limited supply that they can collect free of charge from our three depots.”

Sandbags will be available from the depots at Canal Head, Kendal, at Troutbeck Bridge off the A591 at Ecclerigg, near Windermere, and at North Lonsdale Road in Ulverston.

Empty sandbags may also be available from local builders merchants.

You can check if your home is at risk of flooding by looking at the Environment Agency (EA) online Flood Map at or calling its 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188.