Our high tide tomorrow is about 11:05am with Margate about 45 minutes later so we will have to wait and see.
Margate and places along the N Kent coast towards Whitstable and then on up the Thames Estuary have quite a lot of low lying areas but there are sea defences so it could get close if we do get the 9ft plus worst case. Here at Broadstairs we are higher up so only about 3 houses, four shops, one restaurant and one pub are at risk at the harbour end of Harbour Street. Again further down the coast towards Ramsgate Sandwich and Deal there are more places at risk because they are low lying. Once you get to Dover and beyond the geography changes are the English Channel widens out so any surge dissipates quite quickly.
The tidal flow aggravates any surge as the current is from south to north as the tide rises which is why we are always wary of northerly winds when spring tides are upon us, even if there is no surge like this time.
So far the max wind gust I've recorded is 40.3 mph, so its not as bad down here as it has been up north.