A TOTAL of 15 flood alerts have been issued for Somerset and the surrounding counties amid fears of a 'large tidal surge', a Government website has warned.

The Government website warns of possible flooding, warning people to be prepared at the following locations:

Exmoor Rivers

Groundwater flooding in the Cranborne Chase area

Groundwater flooding in the West of Dorset

Lower Tone and Parrett Moors

Mid Bristol Avon Area

Mid Devon Rivers

Middle Exe Area

Middle Stour and tributaries

North Dartmoor Rivers

North Devon Coast from Hartland Point to Lynmouth

River Piddle and tributaries

Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries

South East Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches

Upper Stour and tributaries

West Somerset Streams

The alert says: "A large tidal surge is expected to overtop sea defences as a result of high tides.

"Forecast high water is 07:45 on 14/12/19 and the forecast tide level is 6.24 m AOD.

"The forecast wind is Force 7 west south westerly.

"Tide times are in local time and refer to the high water time at Hinkley Point.

"Flooding to roads and farmland is possible at these times, however conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide.

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the coastline between Gore Point and Hurlstone Point including Porlock Weir.

"Low pressure will cause sea levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables. We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued."

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