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Suffolk: Trees and power cables down as strong winds batter region

PUBLISHED: 07:45 05 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:50 05 January 2012

Strong winds have again battered Suffolk and Essex overnight

Strong winds have again battered Suffolk and Essex overnight

STRONG winds have again battered the region overnight, felling trees and power lines.

Fallen trees are this morning blocking several Suffolk and Essex roads after gusts of up to 55mph.

The wind has also forced the closure of the Port of Felixstowe.

Suffolk police said the bad weather had not led to any major incidents but that the force had taken more than 100 wind-related calls between 11pm on Wednesday and 7am today.

The following Suffolk roads have been blocked by either fallen trees or power cables: A137 in Tattingstone; A1120 in Dennington; Grundisburgh Road, Hasketon; B1113 Redgrave; B1118 Stradbroke; Crownland Road, Walsham-Le-Willows; Gracechurch Street, Debenham.

In Essex there are long delays on the M25 after the QE2 bridge was closed due to high winds.

Nationally gusts of up to 87mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Wales at 2am, and speeds of between 50mph and 70mph are forecast throughout the country.

In west Suffolk, trees fell into the road on the B1106 at Elveden and at London Road, south of Elveden.

Bricks were reported blown away from a wall in Hyperion Way in Newmarket, which left the road there partially blocked, and in St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds, a wall between 15 and 20ft high blew over in the high winds. The scene was cordoned off by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said high winds have caused damage to the overhead electricity network across the region overnight.

She said: “Although there are no widespread interruptions to customers’ electricity supplies, the stormy conditions have cut off power supplies in some areas.

“We appreciate how uncomfortable it is being without electricity and would like to thank customers for their understanding while we assess the damage and carry out repairs. Our teams of engineers are working as fast as they safely can, from job to job to get power restored.”

If you are without power call UK Power Networks on 0800 7838838. If you are currently without power and have already spoken to the company, the spokeswoman said engineers will reach you as soon as possible.

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