UK Storms May Cause More Flooding, Environment Agency Issues Warning

LONDON (AP) — Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 meters) 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.

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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  • PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 05: Stormy waves roll in to the shore and break along the seafront at Porthcawl on January 5, 2014 in Mid Glamorgon, Wales. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • HOVE, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 06: Beach shigle covers the promenade after stormy weather on January 6, 2014 in Hove, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • HOVE, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 06: Beach shigle covers the promenade after stormy weather on January 6, 2014 in Hove, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 05: Stormy waves roll in to the shore and break along the seafront at Porthcawl on January 5, 2014 in Mid Glamorgon, Wales. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 05: Stormy waves roll in to the shore and break along the seafront at Porthcawl on January 5, 2014 in Mid Glamorgon, Wales. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 03: High waves crash ashore at West Bay during stormy weather on January 3, 2014 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 03: A man looks out from the seafront West Bay during stormy weather on January 3, 2014 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 03: A wave breaks over the seafront at dawn in West Bay during stormy weather on January 3, 2014 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 03: A man looks out from the seafront West Bay during stormy weather on January 3, 2014 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • ANGLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 27: A young girl throws a ‘foam ball’ as she plays in a blizzard of sea foam whipped up by the wind near Trearddur Bay on December 27, 2013 in Anglesey, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • ANGLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 27: Young children play in a blizzard of sea foam whipped up by the wind near Trearddur Bay on December 27, 2013 in Anglesey, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • ANGLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 27: A man photographs a blizzard of sea foam whipped up by the wind near Trearddur Bay on December 27, 2013 in Anglesey, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • ANGLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 27: A woman wraps up against the wind and a blizzard of sea foam whipped up by the wind near Trearddur Bay on December 27, 2013 in Anglesey, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • YALDING, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 25: The front door of a house stands submerged by floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Yalding, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

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