Summer on hold as gales batter Suffolk

Tents uprooted from their pegs at the Jimmy's Farm site at Wherstead today.

Tents uprooted from their pegs at the Jimmy's Farm site at Wherstead today. - Credit: Archant

People were clearing up today after a wild and windy night across Suffolk.

Tents uprooted from their pegs at Jimmy's Farm.

Tents uprooted from their pegs at Jimmy's Farm. - Credit: Archant

After week’s of summer sunshine, it was more like autumn as gales and torrential rain swept across the county, causing flooding in some places.

Weathermen had warned that a month’s worth of rain would fall in 24 hours and temperatures would plunge – with chilly winds leaving a fresh feel to the air today, with temperatures around 13C this morning and only expected to rise to 18C at their peak.

Police said there had been some localised flooding in Lowestoft, and warned drivers to be careful of surface water on some roads.

Campers at Jimmy’s Farm for the Sausage and Beer Festival endured a frightening night as the camp site was constantly struck by sudden gale-force gusts of wind.

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One camper at the site at Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, said the camp site looked more like a “war zone” this morning with tents ripped from their pegs and upended and families gathering up scattered possessions from the soggy ground.

Despite the weather, everyone was looking forward to a packed two days of activities – with the festival getting under way this morning.

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Among those at the festival – which runs from 11am to 11pm today and tomorrow – are Toploader, Athlete, The Shires, Chaz and Dave and CBeebies.

Weather forecasters said early rain would clear today, and there would be bright spells but still the chance of an isolated downpour. Tomorrow will start cloudy and rain will set in from noon, with temperatures reaching around 16C maximum.

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