Weather disruption in Suffolk and Essex - More than 100 roads closed including A14, A140 and A137, schools closed, rail service disruptions and power cuts due to high winds

A portaloo in Henley Road lies on its side after it was blown down in high winds overnight. Picture

A portaloo in Henley Road lies on its side after it was blown down in high winds overnight. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

We will be updating this page with details of disruption brought by the high winds.

High winds have led to school closures, rail service cancellations and power cuts.

Highways England confirmed that Suffolk police had closed the Orwell Bridge this morning. It reopened at around 9am.

A fallen tree in Belstead Road, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A fallen tree in Belstead Road, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Drivers have taken diversions through Ipswich, where many or the roads are reported to be gridlocked – with a number of roads blocked due to fallen trees.

The AA’s travel map shows heavy traffic and congestion in many parts of Ipswich, as well as Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

Suffolk Constabulary said it had received 145 calls about highways disruptions - nearly all of them since 5am.

Road closures include:

Traffic on Colchester Road. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Traffic on Colchester Road. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


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• The A140 between the A14 and A1120 due to a fallen power line.

• Cox’s Hill, A137, in Lawford, which is blocked by a tree

Traffic on Colchester Road. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Traffic on Colchester Road. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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• Belstead Road, Ipswich, which is blocked by a tree

• B1079 in Grundisburgh

Dudley the cockapoo enjoys the wind. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dudley the cockapoo enjoys the wind. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

• Nacton Road Ipswich

• Ancaster Road, Ipswich

A tree engulfs a fence on Henley Road after it was blown down overnight. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A tree engulfs a fence on Henley Road after it was blown down overnight. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

• A1071, Hadliegh

• High Road West, Felixstowe

• Lower Street, Ufford

• High Road, Trimley St Martin, (reopened 6.50am)

• A tree is reported to have hit car in Mersea Road Colchester

More to follow

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