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Rail disruption expected until Thursday morning

Power lines down in Diss Credit: Greater Anglia

Rail passengers travelling between London and Norwich are being warned to expect disruption.

It follows winds of over 70mph which hit the region- bringing down a tree which hit power lines at Diss in Norfolk.

Drivers urged to be careful in high winds

Norfolk police are warning motorists to take care on the county’s roads in high winds, which are expected to continue this evening (Tuesday 31 March.)

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds advising that we could experience gusts of up to 60mph, which could make driving conditions difficult.

Around 30 weather related calls have been taken by the control room since 7am this morning.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, reduce their speed, leave greater distances between themselves and the vehicle in front and be aware of the possibility of debris on the road.

Strong winds hit 76mph in parts of the East

This unlucky motorist owner woke up to this scene following the strong winds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Strong winds have hit parts of the East overnight.

In Weybourne in Norfolk gusts hit 76mph. Inland in Bedford winds topped over 60mph.

In Norwich this owner woke to find her car completely destroyed by a fallen tree.

The car was crushed in the driveway of the owners home Credit: ITV News Anglia
Credit: Network Rail

There have also been delays on the railways. London Midland tweeted these pictures of a fallen tree and overhead wire damage at Garston in Hertfordshire on the Watford to St Albans line.

Disruption is expected until at least midday.

Overhead power lines down in Hertfordshire Credit: Network Rail

Trains between London and Norwich on the Greater Anglia lane are expected to be disrupted for the rest of Tuesday after power lines were brought down between Stowmarket and Diss.

The company says advance ticket holders may travel on alternative trains. and all other ticket restrictions are lifted for the remainder of the day.

Delays on routes in Norfolk hit by fallen trees

The wind affected travel around the A11 this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

Strong winds have affected rush hour travel across the region this morning.

In Norfolk winds hit peaks of up to 76mph.

These are pictures from Thetford Road where traffic from the A11 diversion has been held up further by a fallen tree...

Delays on Thetford Road Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Travel update - strong winds affecting road and rail

Overnight winds of up to 50mph have caused a number of problems on the region's travel network.

Fallen trees are blocking the A10 at Streatham in Cambridgeshire and the A143 at both Great Barton and Haverhill in Suffolk.

Trains are affected too - services from Norwich to Ipswich are delayed by around an hour due to overhead power line failure between Diss and Stowmarket.

Met Office strong wind warning in the Anglia region

The yellow area on the map is subject to a strong wind warning. Credit: Met Office

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in force for the Anglia region as winds gust at more than 70 mph.

The Met Office says the public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel.

A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded on the north Norfolk coast in Weybourne, Norfolk at 3am on Tuesday.

"Westerly winds will become strong across many parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, England and Wales during Monday evening and night, with gusts of 50-60 mph and isolated gusts of 65-70 mph in exposed locations.

The wind will become northwesterly by Tuesday morning, and although easing for a time, it will become very gusty through the day, particularly near showers."

– Met Office

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region in the early hours of Tuesday 31 March

  • 76 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 66 mph at Thurleigh near Bedford
  • 61 mph at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 57 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 56 mph at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 56 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 46 mph at Wattisham, Suffolk

Torrential downpours hit the Anglia region bringing down trees and causing flooding

A band of torrential rain and strong winds has swept across the Anglia region bringing down trees and causing localised flooding.

The video below shows the rain blowing horizontally across the street in Norwich city centre at 3pm.

Northamptonshire Police have reported very windy conditions across Daventry and South Northants with four reports of fallen trees.

Norfolk Police have issued warnings to drivers via Twitter:

The pink colours on the radar indicate rainfall rates of 8-32 mm per hour. Credit: Met Office

The chart below shows where lightning has struck in the Anglia region in the hour to 1520 hrs.

Lightning strikes in the Anglia region between 2.20 and 3.20 pm on Sunday 30 March 2015 Credit: Met Office
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