Suffolk: More bad weather to strike tonight

Friday, February 14, 2014
7:32 AM

The county is in for another battering from stormy conditions tonight.

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Some places in Suffolk could be hit by winds gusting up to 65mph.

Those speeds will probably be experienced in coastal areas, but further inland gusts could still be in excess of 50mph.

Chris Bell, from forecasters Weatherquest, said: “It’ll be strongest a few hours either side of midnight.

“There will be some heavy rain in there as well. We could see up to half an inch.

“The rain is arriving earlier (than the winds), around midday. The strong winds will lag behind the rain a little bit.”

A spokesman for the Highways Agency confirmed they would be keeping an eye on the wind speeds around the Orwell Bridge, near Ipswich.

“When winds reach 50mph it’s monitored to see how consistent it is,” she said. “If it reaches 60mph and stays consistent we may take the decision to close the bridge.”

She added that even at lower speeds some restriction may be placed on high sided vehicles using the bridge.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “All of our frontline services, including highways, carers and the fire service, are ready to respond to the forecast bad weather this weekend.

“We will be monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and would encourage people to take care of themselves and vulnerable neighbours, travel safely and check the local media and weather forecasts for updates.”

Fortunately the worst of 
the weather looks like it will be confined to the middle of the night.

Mr Bell said the ferocity of 
the winds should have died down by 3am. Although tomorrow will still be blustery, he expected it to be calmer.

Meanwhile drop-in sessions are being run for people hit by the worst of last year’s weather.

Anyone who was affected by the December tidal surge has been invited to events with the Environment Agency to talk about how they were affected and what has been done since to help them.

5 comments

  • No doubt Prevent Travel Ipswich have already laid plans for some extra road closures.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • With all the bad weather we are having i would have thought you could have taken another photo. Same man with umbrella!

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Always a case of 'Shutting the Stable door after the Horse has bolted' in this country. All of the above are great suggestions, if we stopped giving India and the like close on a million pounds a week in aid then maybe we could afford to implement these ideas.

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    Dave Martin

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • So has there been a plan to prevent the problems across Ipswich when the bridge closes? It can only be a short term solution, but for instance the A14 could be closed between J56 and J57 with diversions and allow lorries to park up on the A14 either side of the bridge. This will help with the lorry drivers driving hours also. It would require resources of both the Highways Agency and the Police. The gantry road signs can indicate the road closure, road blocks can be created in-situ. It will be a nightmare for drivers but with promotion through Radio stations also, over time (until the Northern Bypass is built and opened) people will soon become aware of it. Of course there are probably other options to solve the problem, I appreciate the lorries own purpose of delivering goods on time but should workers have to put up with the super-rush hour congestions caused by this? Why in the 21st century has there been no bad weather day plans?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Prevent tavel ipswich are franticly looking at places to put temporary traffic lights up as we read this. No doubt they will have a master plan. If all else fails and traffic is still moving then they will turn the auto change off

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    Mr cynical

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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