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Cliff-top homes 'could fall into sea'

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An aerial picture shows just how close one chalet was to the cliff-top ahead of Saturday's high winds
Residents of 10 seaside chalets "perilously close" to the edge of cliffs have been told to prepare to leave after high winds and tides caused further erosion overnight.Norfolk Police said six of the properties at Hemsby had "a very good chance" of going into the sea.In 2013, tidal storms saw three homes in the village washed away.Hemsby Lifeboat warned high tides due at 18:50 GMT and easterly 48mph (77km/h) gusts could do similar damage.Norfolk Police and the parish council have been advising people to keep away from the beach and the dunes.
This chalet was just a few feet from the cliff edge on Saturday morning
BBC Weather presenter Elizabeth Rizzini said there were Force Eight gales (39-46mph, 62-74km/h) at Hemsby on Saturday afternoon.Sgt Ben Millican said 13 properties were at risk."Six of them have got a very good chance of going into the sea if the weather conditions stay as they are with the high tides coming back in the evening," he said.He said officers had warned residents of the 10 occupied properties, telling them to pack a bag in case they had to leave at short notice.Lifeboat crews would alert them as soon as the risk increased, he added.
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Hemsby Lifeboat coxswain Daniel Hurd said the coastguard was being briefed on the situation in preparation for even worse weather. "We are taking precautions based on our understanding of our local resilience plan as this morning's high tide is creating a higher-than-usual risk of damage to property and life," he said."We are preparing for this evening's high tide by keeping the residents of The Marrams, Hemsby informed of the current situation."A village hall was being prepared for residents to spend the night in.Maurice Broom, who lives in one of the threatened properties, said: "I had 90 metres between me and the sea when I first came here only two years ago, and now I've only got nine feet."But he said he intended to stay overnight to look after his pets.
Strong easterly winds have whipped up powerful waves at Hemsby
In the 2013 tidal surge, seven homes were badly damaged, including three that fell into the sea. In 2014 villagers put in a But by June 2015 partial sea defences of honeycombed-shaped concrete blocks were put into the dunes after residents raised ?70,000, with Norfolk County Council providing a further ?50,000.
Ray Mooney's house was left teetering on the cliff edge in the storms of 2013
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