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Strong wind warning as Storm Barney sweeps in

Strong winds from the latest Atlantic storm to be named by the Met Office could bring trees down along with travel disruption and power cuts.

A weather warning has been issued as Storm Barney heads for Britain although the strongest winds are next expected in the Anglia region until well into Tuesday evening.

There's a warning that winds up to 70mph could bring the risk of disruption to travel and that gusts of this strength could bring down trees and lead to some damage to weakened structures.

The Met Office yellow weather warning is in force from 4pm until 11.30pm on Tuesday 17 November 2015

Area covered by yellow weather warning for strong winds from Storm Barney. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says: "West to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are likely to sweep eastwards across the southern half of the UK later on Tuesday.

"Widespread gusts of 50-60 mph are likely, increasing to 60-70 mph across parts of Wales and the Midlands , and possibly reaching 70-80 mph in the most exposed spots such as on some coasts of West Wales."

"A deepening area of low pressure will track east across southern Ireland and then central parts of the UK during Tuesday afternoon and evening, with a swathe of very strong winds developing on the southern flank of the low.

"There is now increased confidence that the worst of the winds will reach West Wales late in the afternoon, sweeping rapidly eastwards across the Midlands during the evening."

– Met Office Chief Foresecaster's Assessment


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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