WARNINGS for more flooding along the north Essex coast have been issued.

Coastal and river villages and towns up and down the county were affected by high tides following Storm Ciara earlier this week.

A flood alert has been issued for the Essex coast from Clacton to and including, St Peters Flat and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries for this afternoon.

Residents have been told flooding is possible and have been told to be prepared.

The warning said: "This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 1.15pm and 3.15pm today, Wednesday February 12.

"Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides.

"Clacton Promenade, Lee-over-Sands and Brightlingsea sea front may see some wave overtopping and spray.

"The Strood at Mersea Island, Coast Road and car parks on the front at West Mersea, and the Hythe and Promenade at Maldon may be flooded.

"Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required."