East battered by strong winds and heavy rain

The East of England has again been battered by heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70 mph.

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Power restored to most properties after storms

Power has been restored to most customers in the east after Friday night's strong gales.

More than 7,000 customers in the region were left with no power.

Now there are only a handful of properties without electricity.

UK Power Networks say Essex has the most without power at 76, while Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire only have around 10 each.


Tree crashes into house in Letchworth

The Calvert family home in Letchworth Credit: ITV News Anglia

A family in Letchworth had a lucky escape when this tree fell on their house around midnight.

The Calvert family were woken up to discover the tree had narrowly missed their 16 year old son Thomas's bedroom. His bed is by the top floor window on the left.

Imperial War Museum closed by storm damage

Storm damage has forced the closure of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire ahead of the busy school half-term.

A spokesperson said: "Due to structural damage caused by high winds, IWM Duxford is closed until further notice. The next update will be provided on Tuesday 18 February.

"We understand that this news will be disappointing to visitors hoping to enjoy our February half term activities. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."


More homes without power as strong winds continue

Thousands of people are still without power today across the east as engineers battle to get homes and businesses re-connected.

UK Power Networks say there are around 7,600 customers across the East of England without electricity.

  • Suffolk 2,086
  • Norfolk 2,112
  • Essex 1,749
  • Cambridgeshire 801
  • Bedfordshire 345
  • Hertfordshire 494
  • Buckinghamshire 87
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Homes evacuated after 20-foot-deep sinkhole appears

Seventeen homes have been evacuated after a 35-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened in Hemel Hempstead, north of London this morning.

Pictures of what is believed to be the sinkhole have already appeared on Twitter:

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