Clear-up after St Jude storm

The Anglia region was hit by damaging winds and heavy rain after an Atlantic storm swept across the UK on Monday 28 October - St Jude's Day. Nearly half a million homes were left without power in the region and there was major travel disruption.

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Bus passenger speaks of relief after narrow escape

by Malcolm Robertson

The driver of a double decker bus blown over in yesterday's storms has now been released from hospital.

He was driving between Hadleigh and Sudbury in Suffolk, when he was caught out by the freak conditions.

Today one of the two passengers on board the bus has been talking about his lucky escape.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

The clean-up begins after the big storm

The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm.
The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm. Credit: Nicola Barwick

The clean-up's now underway after yesterday's severe weather conditions.

The storms led to flooding and damage in parts of the region, as well as causing widespread travel disruption.

Thousands of commuters were unable to get to work after train services were completely suspended on every major route for much of the day.

Up to 300,000 homes across our region were also affected by power cuts.

You can see more storm pictures taken by viewers here.

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A look at how the storm affected the East of the region

It crossed the region in just four hours leaving a trail of destruction that could take days if not weeks to fix. The storm they called St Jude was fiercest across Suffolk and Essex- where gusts reached 79 miles an hour.

Trees came down, vehicles were blown over and 150,000 people were left without power.

Transport across the region was also badly hit, as many train companies- including Greater Anglia cancelled all services, leaving commuters unable to get to work.

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300,000 hit by power cuts caused by the storm

300,000 hit by power cuts in the East Credit: PA

It's estimated that up to 300,000 homes were affected by power cuts at the height of Monday's storm although electricity has now been restored to half of those properties.

UK Power Networks said it had 750 engineers on duty - five times the usual number.

The company says: "Engineers worked through the night and new crews are continuing today, moving from job to job to repair the damage and restore power as quickly as is safely possible. We are carrying out helicopter patrols to check overhead power lines."

Click here for info on what to do if there's a power cut

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Storm topples tree through kitchen window

Last night's storm sent a willow tree crashing through the kitchen window of one woman's home in Ixworth, Suffolk.

Nicola Barwick said she had only just moved into the house as a temporary measure after her home was twice flooded.

The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm
The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm Credit: Nicola Barwick
The tree smashed a kitchen window Credit: Nicola Barwick
Part of the tree is embedded in the wall of the building
Part of the tree is embedded in the wall of the building Credit: Nicola Barwick
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