Weather warning in place for three days as Suffolk braces for two storms

Waves crash at the sea in Southwold amid high winds

Waves crash at the sea in Southwold amid high winds - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A weather warning for wind is in place in Suffolk over the next three days as Storms Dudley and Eunice arrive in the county.

The Met Office has issued the warning for the northern half of Suffolk, including Leiston, Eye, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, between 5pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday.

However, a warning encompassing all of the county had previously been issued for between 12am and 9pm on Friday.

While yellow wind warnings are in place, the Met Office said rail services could be affected and trees could fall.

The A14 Orwell Bridge near Ipswich remains open

The A14 Orwell Bridge near Ipswich remains open - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

There is also a chance of power cuts, damage to buildings and flying debris.

During high winds, a speed limit is frequently put in place on the Orwell Bridge outside of Ipswich.

Zoe Johnson, meteorologist at East Anglian forecaster Weatherquest, said wind speeds could range from 45-60mph while the warning is in place over Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

However, she warned gusts could potentially reach 80mph on Friday.

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Suffolk County Council revealed a multi-agency meeting between the authority and key partners - including UK Power Networks and Suffolk Highways - took place on Tuesday ahead of the strong winds.

District councils have also revealed they are working on contingency plans in case the weather starts to affect their services.

An East Suffolk Council spokesman said: "At present, East Suffolk Council has made no planned alterations to services as a result of forecast strong winds.

“We will, of course, be monitoring the situation and aim to communicate with residents in good time if any changes to services are necessary in order to maintain public and crew safe."

A spokesman for Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils added: "While we aren’t expecting to have to make any changes to our services due to strong winds in Suffolk this week, we always have contingency plans in place, if required, to ensure we can continue to safely deliver services for our residents.

"The safety of our staff, including our crews, is of paramount importance, so we will always monitor the situation carefully.

"We collect over 100,000 bins a week, so knock-on delays caused by severe weather, road closures, and other factors, can of course affect how quickly we can carry out collections.

"We are grateful to residents for their patience and understanding where this occurs, and would encourage checking our website for known delays before reporting a missed collection."