Winds gusting to 70 mph brought down trees and power lines across the Anglia region.
The strong winds left 9,000 homes in the region without electricity and trees blocked roads and rail lines.
The Orwell and Dartford bridges were close at the height of the windy weather and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire is closed after the building suffered structural damage.
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A sink hole has appeared under a road in Oatridge Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Police have evacuated 17 homes for the safety of residents in the area.
The hole is approximately 35ft wide and 20ft deep.
Police are working with partner agencies, including Dacorum Borough Council, specialist structural engineers and utilities companies to assess the situation. The road, and surrounding roads, have been closed for the safety of residents and whilst agencies work at the scene.
Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Friday night into Saturday:
- 69 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire on The Wash
- 68 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire near Peterborough
- 68 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
- 66 mph near Braintree, Essex
- 65 mph at Southend Airport, Essex
- 61 mph at Stansted Airport, Essex
- 57 mph at Norwich Airport
- 52 mph in Cambridge
Rainfall totals in the Anglia region have already surpassed the average for the entire month just a fortnight into February. The normal February rainfall total for the Anglia region is 40 mm but by 9am on Saturday 15 February there had been 49 mm of rain.
The wettest place in the Anglia region so far is Harpenden in Hertfordshire with more than 70 mm of rain in the first half of the month which is four times the normal rainfall for that period.
The wettest February on record in East Anglia, according to Met Office figures which date back to 1910, was in 1916 when there was 93.7 mm of rain.
February rainfall totals in the Anglia region to 9am on Saturday 15 February 2014:
- 60 mm in Northampton
- 58 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
- 55 mm near Braintree, Essex
- 50 mm in Thurleigh near Bedford
- 46 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
- 46 mm in Marham, Norfolk
- 43 mm in Norwich
- 36 mm near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
- 32 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire