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Winds gusting close to 60mph in the Anglia region

Winds have been gusting close to 60mph as Storm Aileen crashes in. Credit: PA Images

Strong winds up to 60 mph have hit the Anglia region as Storm Aileen breezes across the region.

A gust of 58 mph was recorded at Wittering near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.

The gale force winds are expected to ease during the morning but it will remain blustery.

The highest wind gust recorded in the UK was 83 mph at The Needles off the Isle of Wight.

Highest gusts in the Anglia region by 6am

  • 58 mph at Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 56 mph at Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 54 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 53 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 52 mph at Wattisham, Suffolk

Train line blocked by fallen tree

A tree on power line has brought train services between Witham and Braintree in Essex to a halt. Credit: PA Wire

The train service between Witham and Braintree has been suspended because a tree has been blown down.

The tree has damaged the overhead electric wires between Witham and White Notley and all lines are blocked. Greater Anglia says disruption is expected until 8am.

Network Rail engineers are at the location of the tree and will remove the debris as quickly as possible.

Buses are currently replacing trains.

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Summer soaking: One spot in Suffolk gets more rain in a day than during the whole of April and May

Much of the Anglia region has seen an extensive summer soaking. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A summer heatwave has been replaced by a summer soaking with one corner of Suffolk seeing more rain in the past 24 hours than it did during the whole of April and May.

Santon Downham on the edge of Thetford Forest on the Suffolk-Norfolk border has had 78 mm (3 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

That is more than would normally be expected in the whole of June and more than the 75 mm that actually fell during April and May this year.

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 48.6 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 36.8 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 34.0 mm in Houghton, Norfolk
  • 31.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.0 mm in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 23.8 mm in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 21.8 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 21.8 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 21.6 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 21.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and flood alerts in the Anglia region.

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