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Strong winds fell trees and cause damage

PUBLISHED: 16:34 31 August 2010

Strong winds and thunderstorms caused damage and brought down trees across Norfolk.

The fast-moving heavy storm hit north Norfolk and the King’s Lynn area at about 2pm yesterday and moved south-easterly across the county.

Among the several roads blocked by trees and reported to police was Cadge Road (pictured), at the junction with Ranworth Road, in North Earlham, Norwich, where a tree fell across the street.

Weather forecasters said the storm reached its peak at about 2.20pm, when it was in the Swaffham and Watton areas and 
it was moving so quickly it had left the county by 3pm.

Joe Osborne, forecaster at the University of East Anglia’s Weatherquest company, said: “We had a line of thunderstorms move in from the North Sea.

“They were quite fast moving storms and rolled through the area in a very, very short time.

“One place saw what was reported as a twister. You often see a funnel cloud or tornado forming at the end of the line of thunderstorms and while I would have to see the damage to know if it was a twister or not it’s viable that it could have been given that weather set up.”

One motorist had a lucky escape after a tree fell on his car on the A47 at Swaffham, while fire crews were also called when part of a house collapsed due to the strong winds in North Pickenham, near Swaffham.

Send us your stories and pictures of the storm or the storm damage to newsdesk@archant.co.uk or call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419.

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