How Storm Eunice caused chaos in Norwich

A large fallen tree is blocking an entire road on Low Road in Keswick.

A large fallen tree is blocked an entire road in Low Road in Keswick - Credit: Norfolk Police

Storm Eunice ripped through the city causing a day of disruption for city folk and businesses. 

Trees were down, trains were suspended and shops in the city have had to close. 

The Met Office amber weather warning of "danger to life" was in place until 9pm.  

Here is how the day unfolded.

Winds reached 60mph in Norwich

Parts of Norfolk saw gusts of 74mph but some places were hit with winds of 80mph.

Fred Best, a meteorologist from Weatherquest, said Norwich experienced winds of 60mph during the peak at 3pm.

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But although the eye of the storm has passed, gusts could remain at around 50mph into the evening and Saturday.

Mr Best said: "Conditions are easing but still take care. It will still be very windy even though we have passed the peak."

The front of Poundland in St Stephens Street in Norwich has been damaged by winds brought by Storm Eunice.

The front of Poundland in St Stephens Street in Norwich has been damaged by winds brought by Storm Eunice. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

In the strong winds the frontage of Poundland in St Stephens Street was ripped clean off, only missing pedestrians on the street below by a fraction.

The first section fell into St Stephens' redevelopment works before a second section broke free, hitting fencing panels.

Traffic and travel has been disrupted 

As the severity of winds increased, Greater Anglia suspended all services. 

This was so Network Rail staff could remove trees and repair the infrastructure. 

On Greater Anglia's website it stated: “There are trees on the line in various locations across Greater Anglia need to be cut back and removed. 

“Trees on the overhead electric lines need to be removed and fires put out, and damaged infrastructure repaired.” 

A fallen tree in Aylsham Road in Norwich on Friday.

A fallen tree in Aylsham Road in Norwich on Friday. - Credit: Sam Morrison

A large tree also fell and blocked Low Road in Keswick, near Cringleford.  

Police attended while tree surgeons removed the blockage from the road.

Just before 4.45pm, police confirmed the road had reopened.

Konectbus also suspended services in Norwich during the storm's peak earlier.

But it has now announced that services will begin to return to normal.

A large fallen tree is blocking an entire road on Low Road in Keswick.

A large fallen tree is blocking an entire road on Low Road in Keswick. - Credit: Norfolk Police

Both Taverham Lane and Costessey Lane were closed and various services, local community members and emergency services were on scene to help clear blockages caused by fallen trees. 

The threat of the gale force winds forced flights to be cancelled.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which flies from Norwich International Airport, did not operate any of its flights on Friday.

First Norwich travel company has said its city buses will run as usual. 

Businesses forced to close

And eat it, a cake and bakery stall on Norwich Market, is among the city businesses which had to close today.

On its Instagram page, owner Tori Fama, wrote: “Sorry guys it’s just too risky today. We’ve baked like crazy all week due to us being so busy so we’re disappointed too - but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

The stall will be back open for business on Saturday.  

A fallen tree in Harrison’s Wood in Sprowston.

A fallen tree in Harrison’s Wood in Sprowston. - Credit: David Freezer