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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Building collapses on car

The car crushed by falling masonry. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

A motorist is counting the cost of the heavy winds after an outbuilding collapsed on top of a car in Cambridgeshire.

Emergency services were called to East Park Street in Chatteris around two o'clock this morning (Saturday 15th Feb.)

The outbuilding damaged by gusts last night. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

When they arrived they searched the building and car but thankfully no-one was injured.

Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

The River Great Ouse has burst its banks in St Neots, Cambridgeshire Credit: Dave Pyke

The Environment Agency has three flood warnings in force in the Anglia region along with 19 flood alerts.

The flood warnings are:

North Bank Road alongside the River Nene to the east of Peterborough and the West of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice

River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site in Northamptonshire

B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene in Cambridgeshire

Send your pictures of any high rivers or flooding to angliaweather@itv.com

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Winds gust close to 70 mph in the Anglia region

Winds in the Anglia region peaked around 70 mph on Friday night into Saturday bringing down trees, causing travel disruption and leaving thousands without power.

A Met Office amber weather warning for strong winds expires at 10am on Saturday although a yellow warning for rain lasts until 8pm.

These were the highest wind gusts in the Anglia region overnight:

  • 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

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Thousands of homes without power after storms

Thousands of homes are without power across the east this morning after strong winds brought down power lines.

Around 9,000 homes in our region are without power and UK Power Networks says it has engineers working to restore power in the affected areas.

Below are the number of properties affected:

  • 3,400 in Essex
  • 1,500 in Norfolk
  • 1,770 in Hertfordshire
  • 880 in Bedfordshire
  • 870 in Buckinghamshire
  • 640 in Suffolk
  • 460 in Cambridgeshire

Send your pictures of the stormy weather to angliaweather@itv.com

Orwell Bridge closed as winds gust above 50 mph

The Highways Agency says the Orwell Bridge will be closed on Friday night for safety reasons because of high winds.

The bridge, which carries the A14 over the river Orwell near Ipswich, is due to be closed from 10pm.

It will remain closed until the high winds subside, which is expected to be around 6am on Saturday.

The diversion route is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

The Highways Agency will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and will reopen the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

Delays expected as Dartford Bridge closes in strong winds

The Highways Agency says the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing will close due to high winds.

The bridge is due to be closed from around 9pm on Friday 14 February until high winds ease, which is expected to be around mid- afternoon on Saturday.

The Highways Agency will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and will reopen the bridge.

Southbound traffic at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing will be diverted to use the east bore of the Dartford Tunnel and northbound traffic to use the west bore.

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Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

There are a number of flood warnings and flood alerts in force in the Anglia region Credit: PA

At 9.30pm on Friday 14 February 2014, there were three Flood Warnings and 14 Flood Alerts in force in the Anglia region issued by the Environment Agency.

The Flood Warnings are at:

North Bank Road along the River Nene east of PeterboroughCogenhoe Mill Caravan Park in NorthamptonshireB1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road in Cambridgeshire

Latest wind gusts in the Anglia region

There are Met Office weather warnings in force across the region for the continuing heavy rain and strong winds. For more of the region a yellow warning is in place while there is a higher amber alert in eastern parts of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Overnight there will be potentially damaging gusts of wind which could bring down trees or power lines. The gusts could exceed 70 mph along the coast.

Further showery rain will add to problems with rivers flooding

These were the wind gusts recorded at 9pm in the Anglia region:

  • 52 mph in Thurleigh near Bedford
  • 51 mph in Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 49 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 49 mph in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 49 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 46 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 38 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
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