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Difficult morning for East Anglia rail passengers

East Anglia rail passengers had a particularly difficult morning.

The 8am Norwich to London train broke down, leading to long delays for passengers on that route.

The Greater Anglia train company warned that services between Norwich and London could be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Another broken-down train resulted in delays between Sheffield and Derby/Nottingham, with those travelling with the CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail companies affected.

Met Office extends weather warning for strong winds

The area covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds on Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has extended its weather warning for strong winds overnight on Monday and into Tuesday.

All counties in the Anglia region are now affected by the yellow weather warning issued as the remains of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo are set to affect the British Isles.

The Met Office says it is now forecasting slightly increased wind speeds.


Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

At 8am on Tuesday there were three Flood Warnings in place in the Anglia region. Credit: PA

On Tuesday morning the Environment Agency had issued three flood warnings and nine flood alerts in the Anglia region.

Sunday night and Monday saw many areas in the Anglia region receiving nearly a month's worth of rain. Wattisham in Suffolk had its wettest October day since records began there in 1959.

Environment Agency Flood Warnings

  • The Mardyke from North Stifford to Purfleet in Essex
  • Flooding is expected for Hamerton, Upton, Alconbury, Alconbury Weston and Ellington
  • The River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

Yellow weather warning for rain in place for Monday evening

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for heavy rain. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds was extended to cover the entire Anglia region during Monday. There's a risk of localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office says: "Further heavy rain will occur across parts of southwest England this afternoon, easing later, whilst further spells of heavy rain will affect eastern parts of England into tonight. This an update of the warning first issued on Sunday morning."

"An area of low pressure now across southeast England is bringing a combination of rather persistent and sometimes heavy rainfall, as well as strong winds blowing from the northeast, with gusts around 40 mph in places for a time.

"Narrow bands of heavy showers circulating around the low pressure centre will bring more localised heavy rain (10-15 mm within an hour) to parts of the southeast and East Anglia, where there has already been 20-30 mm of rain within the last 12 hours."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Flood warning issued on the River Wid in Essex

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid in Essex Credit: PA

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

Flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone is at risk and properties at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

"We are seeing high river levels on the River Wid due to last night's rain. The peak of the river is now near Wardropers. River levels are likely to continue to rise. Over the next 6 hours the forecast is for light rain. We will continue to monitor levels closely."

– Environment Agency

There are also lower level Flood Alerts in place for several rivers elsewhere in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

  • River Box and Brett near Boxford and Lavenham in Suffolk
  • Mardyke at Purfleet in Essex
  • Suffolk Coastal rivers
  • Rattlesden River and River Gipping through Stowmarket and Needham Market in Suffolk
  • River Bure and Spixworth Beck in Norfolk
  • River Wid and Can in Essex
  • River Crouch at Runwell and Wickford in Essex
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