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Winds of up to 60mph fell trees and bring travel disruption to Norfolk as Storm Aileen batters region

PUBLISHED: 14:24 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 13 September 2017

Fallen  tree branch in Denmark Road, Norwich. Pic: Peter Walsh

Fallen tree branch in Denmark Road, Norwich. Pic: Peter Walsh

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Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning as Storm Aileen brings gusts of up to 60mph to the region.

The Wednesday outdoor market in Great Yarmouth has been cancelled due to high winds.
Picture: Anthony CarrollThe Wednesday outdoor market in Great Yarmouth has been cancelled due to high winds. Picture: Anthony Carroll

The strong winds, which saw the Met Office issue an amber weather warning for Norfolk, has seen a number of trees felled across the county bringing disruption on the roads and railway network.

Motorists have been urged to take extra care with a number of roads blocked because of fallen trees, branches and other debris - including wheelie bins -this morning.

Norfolk Police tweeted: “Hold on to your hats ! #stormaileen ☔ has brought gales to #Norfolk. Make sure you get into work safely #DriveToArrive #Fatal4”.

A police spokesman said they were aware of “30 highway obstructions” since midnight although most had since been dealt with.Trees were down in a number of areas, including:

Hellesdon Road, near Marl Pit Lane, Norwich

• Drayton High Road, Hellesdon

• Denmark Road, Norwich

• Buxton Road, Spixworth

• Longwater Lane, Costessey

• Hingham Road, near Reymerston

• Scottow Road, Lammas

• The main road between Aylsham and Blickling is blocked due to a fallen tree

The police spokesman said A1064 Norwich Road at Filby had been blocked by a power cable that had been brought down which meant traffic could not get through.

He said Anglian Water had set up a generator while UK Power Networks were going to be cutting the obstruction to allow traffic to get through before re-attaching the power line.

Meanwhile a number of rail services in the region have also been affected by fallen trees.

A fallen tree at Brundall had blocked all lines between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Norwich and Lowestoft.

Greater Anglia said all lines were now open, however train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

Rail replacement buses were on site at Norwich and Lowestoft at 8am.

Services on the Norwich to London line were also affected by a fallen tree which damaged overhead lines at Needham Market.

The Network Rail team on site have cleared the tree blocking the line.

Greater Anglia have said all lines are now open but there is still service disruption between Norwich and Ipswich.

Disruption is expected until 10am.

Ticket restrictions have been lifted customers may travel earlier or later than booked services.

East Midlands will pass Greater Anglia ticket holders between Norwich and Ely

The opertor has apologised for any disruption.

The 6.24am Great Yarmouth to Norwich service was one of the services to have been affected.

It was delayed at Acle due to a tree blocking the railway.

Other services affected included the 7.27am Lowestoft to Ipswich service which will be cancelled due to a tree blocking the railway.

Flights to and from Norwich International Airport have not been affected by the windy conditions here, although a KLM flight from Amsterdam which was due to arrive at 8.50am today and the 9.20am flight to Amsterdam have both been cancelled due to the weather in Holland.

Maximum gusts so far recorded in East Anglia are 58mph at Wittering.

Winds of 56mph have been recorded at Lakenheath and Weybourne while Marham and Norwich Airport have had gusts of 53mph.

MORE: Met Office amber weather warning for strong winds across Norfolk ahead of Storm Aileen

A warning on the Met Office website read: “Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected. Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.”

The last of the overnight gales are expected to quickly clear the east today.

All parts will then see sunshine and heavy, blustery showers with hail and thunder likely.

However, it will stay breezy for much of the day and will feel cool.

Forecasters at Weatherquest, which is based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) tweeted: “Windy with sunny spells and a few blustery showers. Gusts 30-40mph, easing towards evening. Max temps 15C to 18C.”

Strong winds have also damaged left some people without power in some parts of the county after overhead electricity lines were damaged.

UK Power Networks have said affected areas include:

• NR10 3 (35 customers)

• NR11 7 (222 customers)

• NR11 8 (To be confirmed)

• NR12 8 (To be confirmed)

• NR15 1 (to be confirmed)

• NR34 9 (to be confirmed)

• NR35 1 (to be confirmed)

• NR35 2 (to be confirmed)

• NR29 3, NR30 5 (25)

In Great Yarmouth the outdoor market has been cancelled dur to the high winds.

The outdoor market, which runs Wednesdays and Saturdays, is known as the 2 Day Market.

The borough council said they had cancelled the 2 Day Market on health and safety grounds due to the Met Office warning.

The indoor market is unaffected and will open as normal.

Norfolk County Council has advised people to monitor weather warnings and forecasts as strong winds were meant to peak in Norfolk between 5am and 6am on Wednesday.

Nick Tupper, assistant director of highways at the council, said: “Conditions are likely to make everyday life more difficult for some people in Norfolk. Our highways team is well-practised at dealing with wet and stormy weather and they will work around the clock if needed to keep the roads as clear and safe as possible, but people should still be prepared for potentially hazardous travel conditions.

“I would urge everyone to keep up to date with the latest weather and travel information so they can make an informed decision about the conditions before they travel anywhere. Please also consider checking on older or vulnerable relatives and friends who may find it harder to cope during wet and wintry weather.”

The council’s road safety team has the following advice:

■Always drive to the conditions – slow right down and brake gently when road surfaces may have less grip;

■Leave plenty of extra time to make your journey – drive to arrive and do not take unnecessary risks;

■People may want to plan their route to avoid any steep hills in wet or windy weather – rear wheel drive cars in particular can struggle with traction when driving uphill.

For the latest weather warnings visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings.

To report any road blockages, contact the council’s highways team via www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport or calling 0344 8008020.

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