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Waves buffeted Southsea seafront today after people living in Portsmouth were warned to prepare for possible flooding because of high winds.

The Met Office also issued warnings for Fareham to Portchester, Hayling, and Hill Head to Gosport.

Southsea seafront at lunchtime today

Southsea seafront at lunchtime today

Forecasters said water levels are set to rise up the East Street slipway in Old Portsmouth, with large amounts of spray expected to fall on to Southsea Promenade.

It said the water level high point was likely to be around 1pm this afternoon.

There have also been alerts posted for the South Hayling sea front, the Isle of Wight and Emsworth.

An alert for high winds this afternoon was also issued for Portsmouth.

Picture: Maureen Coles

Picture: Maureen Coles

It comes after a ‘supermoon’ was spotted at the weekend, which experts warned could lead to higher tides because of its size.

At Southsea today, the 1pm peak time passed without serious incident.

There were few people to be seen on the seafront as waves crashed onto the promenade.

The seafront road remained open.