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The big clear-up begins after Storm Doris

A tree was felled into flats in Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Photo: Gary Mabee / ITV News Anglia

The clear-up has begun after Storm Doris brought down dozens of trees and sparked power cuts and travel chaos in the Anglia region.

The East of England was blasted by winds of 70 to 80 mph with a peak gust of 81 mph at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast.

Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Click below to watch a video report about the clear-up from Storm Doris by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

At the height of the storm more than 40,000 homes in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk were without electricity as power lines were either brought down or had trees blown across them.

In total, UK Power Networks dealt with power cuts to 231,000 properties.

A tree brought down by Storm Doris in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Credit: Clem Francis

Homes without power at 11am on Friday 24 February 2017

  • 4,900 in Norfolk
  • 2,200 in Suffolk

"Overnight and this morning, engineers have been moving from the South East to East Anglia, along with additional contractors released from less affected areas, to support the repairs and reconnect all the remaining supplies as quickly as possible.

"We are still urging people to keep clear of any damaged power lines and call us."

UK Power Networks has additional staff working restoring power to 10,000 customers. Credit: Tony Aldous / ITV News Anglia

The storm also brought travel chaos on the roads and railways.

The Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk was closed and traffic jams built up through the day in the Ipswich area.

Train services were widely disrupted as power lines were brought down.

Norfolk Constabulary received 2,500 calls during Storm Doris including 500 about weather-related incidents on the roads.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service received more than 145 wind-related called in 80 about dangerous structures.

The control room at Cambridgeshire Police took a record number of 999-calls on a single day with 750 coming in.

Suffolk Police said they dealt with more than 800 emergency calls during Thursday - more than three times the normal figure.

The force was called out to 250 blocked roads.

Chief Inspector Mike Austin from Norfolk Police said: "It was an extremely busy day with nearly 1,600 calls to the control room compared to 900 expected on an average February day."

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards has issuing a warning about bogus cold callers following Storm Doris.

It says that rogue traders could use the stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.

The advice is that if people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their area, to contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network number 0345 23 07 702.

Telegraph poles blown over in Norfolk. Credit: Tony Aldous / ITV News Anglia

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