KINGS Parade in New Brighton remains closed to motorists this morning because of high tide between Harrison Drive and Morrisons as Storm Ciara's grip on Wirral continues.

Coastal Drive in New Brighton is also closed.

The road is expected to remain closed until this afternoon, water levels will drop in between high tides however debris from road will need to be cleared.

In a safety message, Wirral Council tweeted: "Due to severe overtopping and some flooding, please avoid New Brighton Promenade if you can. Kings Parade and Coastal Drive are now closed for safety reasons"

They added: "With more overtopping forecast in the early hours of Wednesday morning due to another exceptionally high-tide, Kings Parade and Coastal Drive in New Brighton will remain closed to traffic for safety reasons until the afternoon."

The region has been battered by rain and strong winds for the last two days and the effects of the huge storm are set to continue.

Yesterday afternoon, a man was rescued near Fort Perch Rock after he was pinned against a railing in rising water road engulfed in water.

An RNLI statement read: "A male had got into difficulty at Fort Perch Rock, pinned against railings due to the high tide and strong winds.

"New Brighton volunteers were already on station due to the poor weather and on sighting the male, waded out to free him from the railings and escort him back to the safety of the promenade.

"The male was handed over to awaiting emergency services where he was checked over as a precaution.”

The Environment Egency has issued alerts for areas along the River Mersey, warning that huge waves expected to break over sea defences Today could cause roads to flood.

As a result the coastline in Hoylake, New Brighton and Leasowe could face problems.

The Environment Agency said: "Waves are forecast to overtop sea defences at Wallasey with sea spray expected as a result of high spring tides and strong winds.

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads at the head of the Wirral from Hoylake to New Brighton, including parts of Leasowe and Wallasey.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue (further) flood warnings if necessary."