UK hit by high winds after month of wintry weather

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People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break, on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Residents along Britain's coasts are braced for more flooding as strong winds, rain and high tides lash the country. At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. (AP Photo/PA, Ben Birchall) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's western coast is being lashed by high winds and strong rains following a month of unusually frequent winter storms.

A steady procession of storms has battered the island nation over the past few weeks, making December the windiest since 1969. Monster waves up to 27 feet (8.3 meters) high washed across the British coast on Monday, prompting evacuations and rescues.

The nearly non-stop storms have crumbled long-standing sea cliffs and damaged waterfronts.

"It's been one after the other with no break," Nicola Maxey, a spokeswoman for Britain's Meteorological Office, said Tuesday.

More than 100 flood warnings remain across England and Wales.

Heavy winds and rain have also battered the French coast, driving large waves into southwestern town of Biarritz on Tuesday.