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Trees down and power outages - but Suffolk avoids worst of Storm Francis

PUBLISHED: 12:14 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:25 26 August 2020

Police are at the scene of a tree which has fallen on a power line in Mill Hill, Capel St Mary. Picture: PETER WHITTLE

Police are at the scene of a tree which has fallen on a power line in Mill Hill, Capel St Mary. Picture: PETER WHITTLE

PETER WHITTLE

Suffolk has escaped the worst of Storm Francis which blew through the county overnight, but gusts of up to 45mph are still expected to cause disruption throughout the morning.

A number of trees blocked New Street in Framlingham. Picture: MAX SCOTTA number of trees blocked New Street in Framlingham. Picture: MAX SCOTT

The worst of the storm passed overnight with gusts of more than 60mph recorded in East Anglia.

However, Suffolk residents have been warned to still expect gusts of up to 45mph throughout the morning, with the blustery weather calming down into the afternoon.

MORE: Orwell Bridge to stay open despite high wind speeds

Overnight, police in Manningtree had to deal with a tree felled by the wind which was blocking a road.

A tree has fallen across Stone Street in Boxford. Picture: LUCY MATTOCKA tree has fallen across Stone Street in Boxford. Picture: LUCY MATTOCK

They warned residents to be cautious due to “flying debris and fallen trees”.

It is understood that the tree has now been cleared.

Trees have also come down in Colchester, Lowestoft and Saxmundham.

Images have shown trees partially across the A1307 towards Haverhill and Stone Street in Boxford.

A number of trees blocked New Street in Framlingham. Picture: MAX SCOTTA number of trees blocked New Street in Framlingham. Picture: MAX SCOTT

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There also reports of power outages in Polstead and Bildeston where 366 customers have been left without electricity according to UK Power Networks.

The company are investigating a high voltage overhead line fault as the cause for both outages and say that the power should be back on in Bildeston between 9.30am and 10.30am.

A further 59 people are understood to be experiencing a power cut in Shotley and Shotley Gate.

A tree is hanging in the road after falling onto a power line in Mill Hill, Capel St Mary. Picture: PETER WHITTLEA tree is hanging in the road after falling onto a power line in Mill Hill, Capel St Mary. Picture: PETER WHITTLE

A tree has also fallen on power lines in Mill Hill, Capel St Mary.

The police are on the scene and UK Power Network engineers are on their way.

There remains a slight risk that the Orwell Bridge could close today however Highways England have said they do not expect wind speeds to pass the threshold.

If you have any pictures of the aftermath of the storm, send them here.


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