There have been warnings today’s gales could be similar to those which caused major problems when they struck Suffolk and Essex in October.

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Gale-force winds swept through the region on the morning of October 28, bringing down hundreds of trees and power lines.

Experts said the storm - called St Jude - was the worst in more than a decade with winds, moving in from the west, hitting speeds of up to 80mph.

Now forecasters are predicting gusts of up to 60mph this afternoon. Heavy rainfall will bring the added danger of flooding in some areas of the region.

In October thousands of homes in the region lost power with thousands of properties still without electricity days after St Jude hit.

Suffolk police recorded a huge rise in the number of callers with falling trees striking vehicles and blocking roads.

Commuters trying to get to work on the rail network were forced to stay at home or get in the car as train bosses suspended services for much of the day.

The Highways Agency closed the Orwell Bridge because of concerns high-sided vehicles may topple over due to the dangerous winds.

Emergency services were called to Hadleigh when a double decker bus overturned injuring passengers and trapping the driver.

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