Video: Motorists and Greater Anglia passengers face delays after high winds bring down trees and power cables
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Strong winds early today have brought down trees and power lines around the county, causing disruption for morning travellers.
A Suffolk police spokesman said at 6.15am they had attended 14 incidents, mostly in the West Suffolk.
Great Barton, Stanton, Euston and Brandeston were among the areas affected by the weather’s damage.
There was also an incident near the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Beccles.
Several roads were left partially or completely blocked as a result of the fallen trees.
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The police spokesman advised motorists to take care when out on the county’s roads this morning, especially on rural roads with blind bends which could obscure potential obstructions.
On the trains there is severe disruption to services after the overhead power lines between Stowmarket and Diss were damaged.
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The down (to Norwich) line is the only one affected but the issue means trains travelling in both directions have to share the remaining line.
This has reduced the number of services which can be run, meaning some have been delayed by up to 60 minutes and others cancelled completely.
The disruption was initially expected to last until around noon today but Abellio Greater Anglia has now said it will last for the entire day.
Replacement buses have been organised for passengers between Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich and tickets are being accepted by other train companies on reasonable routes.
Ipswich Borough Council has also tweeted it will keep its parks closed this morning “due to hazardous wind conditions”.
In Essex the highest officially-recorded wind speed overnight was at a Met Office weather station near Braintree, which registered a gust of 57.7mph.
Tendring District Council sent teams out to clear trees which had come down in the wind, open space rangers working at both Walton Road in Lower Kirby and Jaywick Lane in Clacton.
Nigel Brown, the council’s communications manager, said that the Council responded as soon it was made aware of the situation.
“The teams got to work with chainsaws and cleared the debris as quickly as possible to keep any disruption to a minimum,” he said.
“Any further reports of damage to trees due to the high winds will be dealt with in the same way.”
Dan Holley, a forecaster at Weatherquest, said the Wattisham weather station recorded a top wind speed of 59mph last night.
The highest in the country was at Capel Curig in the Snowdonia National Park, where a 97mph gust was recorded.
“Most places had some pretty strong gusts last night,” Mr Holley said. “It probably isn’t going to ease a huge amount through today.
“It won’t be as strong tomorrow as it is today but probably gusting 40-45mph.
“The mean speeds for most parts of the region will be in the high 20s to low 30s so it’s quite a strong wind.”