Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland were the worst-hit regions by the storm, the latest in a series of extreme winter conditions. Parts of northwestern France also suffered flooding.
A combination of heavy rain, winds gusting up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally high tides sent water flooding into several British seaside towns today, and some western rivers burst their banks.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson sounded the alarm and said: ‘The Environment Agency and local authorities have teams on the ground monitoring the situation as it emerges.
‘Due to the continuing extreme weather, I will be chairing another Cobra meeting today to ensure that everything that can be done to help affected areas is being done.
The UK Environment Agency issued 14 severe flood warnings meaning there is a threat to life and property as well as more than 400 less serious flood warnings and alerts.
In Belfast, residents sandbagged properties and police told people in dockside neighbourhoods they should be ready to evacuate.
Floods also washed over parts of northwestern France, as heavy rains coupled with unusually high tides left the streets of some coastal towns underwater.
Finistere a French region jutting out into the Atlantic whose name roughly translates as “Land’s End” â€” was under high alert today for flooding. In town of Quimperle, further south along the Brittany coast, shops and homes were evacuated as the Laita River overflowed its banks. Homes in Newport, South Wales, were evacuated this morning as the region faces its highest tide for 17 years.