Weather chaos continues to grip region

NEARLY 40,000 homes in Suffolk and Essex are still without power tonight as a result of wild winds hitting the region.Nearly 17,000 homes in Suffolk and 22,400 in Essex were hit and engineers were working round the clock to fix the problems, mainly caused by fallen power lines.

NEARLY 40,000 homes in Suffolk and Essex are still without power tonight as a result of wild winds hitting the region.

Nearly 17,000 homes in Suffolk and 22,400 in Essex were hit and engineers were working round the clock to fix the problems, mainly caused by fallen power lines.

Severe tailbacks were also being reported on the roads, although one lane on the Orwell Bridge was reopened in directions by early evening.

Long queues had built up in Ipswich as traffic was diverted through the town centre.

Elsewhere in Suffolk and Essex, trees were toppled and many routes blocked by the strong winds.

Forecasters tonight said they do not expect the blustery conditions to continue, although temperatures are set to drop over the weekend.

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