ROAD closures have been put in place as a precautionary measure ahead of large waves and coastal floodings expected later on today, Friday.

Wirral Council has confirmed that King's Parade in New Brighton, North Parade in Hoylake, South Parade, West Kirby and The Dell in Rock Ferry, have all been closed as a precaution amid fears that the borough could be hit by a tidal surge.

Gale force winds that created a surge that left a swathe of destruction across the borough's coastal towns on December 5 are set to return.

The Environment Agency is warning coastal communities along the south and west coasts of England to remain vigilant and alert for possible tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.

An emergency plan has been put in place by Wirral Council, who are said to be working closely with partners including Merseyside Police and the Environment Agency.

David Armstrong, Wirral council's assistant chief executive said: "The Council’s Community Patrol officers are ensuring that businesses at Marine Point in New Brighton and West Kirby promenade are aware of the weather forecast so that they can take the necessary precautions.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation and are ready to react promptly should the high tides cause any issues."

A spokesman for Merseyside Coastguard said: "There is a possibility that this could be as bad as the storms of December 5 and there is a flood alert.

"Therefore, our advice to the public would be to stay away from coastal areas and not be tempted to go and look at the waves."