Tonight’s 5.30pm switch on of the Shiney Row Christmas lights been cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions.
Sunderland City Council issued the statement today as high winds battered Wearside.
The statement also said: “People are being advised to stay away from beaches and the promenade at Sunderland’s seafront because of high winds and the threat of flooding.
“The advice follows warnings from the Environment Agency and the Met Office of gale-force winds, large waves and a tidal surge caused by low pressure combined with high tides today, and into Friday, bringing a risk of significant coastal flooding.
“The weather has resulted in the temporary closure of Roker Pier which will remain closed until the stormy weather has died down. Anglers are also being advised not to go fishing along the coast or riverbanks because of the risk of high waves, strong currents and gusting winds.”
Motorists were being advised to take extra care on their journeys, especially when driving high sided vehicles or driving on higher and exposed routes.
Sunderland City Council said it is working closely with the emergency services to prepare for and tackle any problems caused by the stong winds and flooding.
It is also monitoring the situation along the River Wear at Fatfield in anticipation of the next high tide at 4.45 this afternoon.
For the latest updates on the weather, the counci advised residents to visit the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk and to check out the Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx for the latest flood alerts.
Any concerns about flooding can be reported to the City Council on 0191 520 5550.