Warning to motorists after gales bring down trees on roads across the county


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Drivers are being warned to take care on Suffolk’s roads today after strong winds brought down a large number of trees overnight.

Police said drivers venturing out first thing were finding their way blocked on many country roads.

Suffolk Constabulary is liaising with the highways department at Suffolk County Council to get the trees cleared, but in many places farmers were already out with chain saws carrying out the work.

The A144 between Halesworth and Bungay was blocked for a time due to a fallen tree, as was the road out of Levington.

The A12 and A14 remain clear.

Forecasters said the strong and blustery winds – with gusts up to 50mph – would continue until mid-afternoon with heavy rain at times.

Temperatures this morning are around 13C but will drop dramatically during the day, and are expected to be 3C tonight.

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Tomorrow is expected to be cold and blustery, with winds around 20mph to 35mph, slightly less than today. Temperatures will struggle to 6C and feel more like 1C in the wind.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman asked drivers to take care on all roads, especially country backroads, and to watch their speed.

She said: “We have a had a number of trees down on roads right across the county and there is the possibility of further disruption for a while yet as the strong winds continue.

“We are talking to the highways department but a lot of people are dealing with the trees themselves with local farmers using chain saws to move them.”