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Winds gusting to 70 mph have brought down trees and power lines across the Anglia region.
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
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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.
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.
There is disruption on the Greater Anglia rail line between Norwich and Lowestoft due to fallen tree on the line at Reedham in Norfolk.
There is currently no estimate for when a normal service will resume.
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
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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
More than 65% of people in the East of England are classed as overweight according to figures published by Public Health England.
Percentage classed as overweight in counties and unitary authorities in the Anglia region:
72.5% - Milton Keynes
69.1% - Central Bedfordshire
67.5% - Northamptonshire
67.3% - Essex
65.7% - Norfolk
65.5% - Peterborough
65.3% - Suffolk
65.0% - Cambridgeshire
61.8% - Hertfordshire
60.9% - Bedford
59.0% - Luton
Obesity data from Public Health England is "scaremongering" and is complicit with a wider attempt to belittle fat people, a body image campaigner told Daybreak.
Fatima Parker from the International Size Acceptance Society said the weight loss industry had a lot to gain from data that painted obesity as a national problem.
"By belittling fat people....by stigmatising us, they will scare you, who are thin. Be careful! You will be treated that way."