Winds gusting to 70 mph have brought down trees and power lines across the Anglia region.
The Anglia region may have escaped the worst of the stormy weather hitting Britain at the moment but we've still had hail and lightning.
When a Northamptonshire woman watched the pictures of the recent disaster in the Philippines, she decided to send a 'few items' out there.
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.)
When they arrived they searched the building and car but thankfully no-one was injured.
Hertfordshire Fire Service have tweeted a picture showing the Hemel Hempstead sinkhole under the road.
Police are currently investigating a sink hole which has appeared in Wood End Lane in Hemel Hempstead. Avoid area. http://t.co/mZwgHrYGkc
A fallen tree in the Lexden area of Colchester after gale-force winds struck the region overnight.
Seventeen homes have been evacuated after a 35-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened in Hemel Hempstead, north of London this morning.
Pictures of what is believed to be the sinkhole have already appeared on Twitter:
Look at the size of this sinkhole in at woodland end In Hemel LOL roads closed the lot http://t.co/4Wij3xEm4g
Many people have woken up across the East to find trees down following last night's strong winds.
This picture was taken by Chloe Spencer at Centre Parcs in Eleveden on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
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
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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 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.