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Last night's spectacular storms captured on camera

Lightning last night over Suffolk Credit: @chrisstormsquir

A viewer captured last night's storms on camera over Suffolk.

You can see a spectacular lightning flash and hear thunder on this little piece of footage tweeted from the East Suffolk Weather account.


Winds reach nearly 70mph as Storm Katie sweeps across the Anglia region

A tree brought down by the strong winds in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Credit: Stuart Brett

Wind speeds have peaked at almost 70 mph as Storm Katie crossed the Anglia region during Easter Monday bringing down trees and power lines.

The storm has now passed into the North Sea with winds dying down. The highest wind gust recorded in East Anglia was 68 mph at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast.

UK Power Networks has been working to restore a number of localised electricity cuts and the Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts following the heavy rain.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region during Easter Monday

  • 68 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 67 mph at Southend airport, Essex
  • 62 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 60 mph in Andrewsfield, Essex
  • 58 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 58 mph in Mildenhall, Suffolk
  • 58 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 57 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 57 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 54 mph in Cambridge
  • 54 mph at Luton airport, Bedfordshire
  • 54 mph at Norwich airport, Norfolk

Orwell Bridge reopens as Storm Katie begins to subside

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich. Credit: PA

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich has reopened after it was closed for much of the morning due to high winds caused by Storm Katie.

The closure meant many motorists on the A14 faced lengthy delays as gusts reached close to 60mph.

Bridges closed as Storm Katie winds top 60mph

The Queen Elizabeth bridge across the River Thames between Essex and Kent is closed due to high winds. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing and the Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk have been closed because of high winds from Storm Katie.

Winds in south Essex have been gusting above 60 mph.

The QEII bridge takes southbound traffic to Kent around the M25, which is now using one of the tunnels under the Thames. The M25 southbound entry slip road is also closed.

The A14 in Suffolk is closed in both directions between J56 and J57 near Ipswich due to strong winds being experienced on the Orwell Bridge. Road users are being diverted via local roads through Ipswich.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Monday 28 March 2016

  • 62 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 58 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 57 mph at Southend airport, Essex
  • 53 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 52 mph in Lakenheath, Suffolk
  • 50 mph at Norwich airport, Norfolk
  • 50 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 50 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in force for strong winds in parts of the Anglia region on Easter Monday until 3pm

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Yellow warning of windy weather on Easter Saturday

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds in the Anglia region on Easter Saturday.

The warning is valid from 11am on Saturday 26 March until 9pm

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Easter Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning that there is a possibility of localised travel disruption.

A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by a band of heavy rain will move east across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon and early evening.

This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to inland areas, perhaps 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills, as well as on the passage of the cold front, when heavy rain could also produce some very localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office says: "Please be aware of the possibility of localised low levels of disruption to Easter travel plans and other holiday activities."

"An active frontal zone is expected to move east across the country through Saturday, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and one or two spells of heavy rain.

"Whilst expected wind gusts will not be unusual for March, the fact that it is Easter may lead to a few extra problems.

"Winds should ease markedly as the front clears through, particularly in the south."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

This is an update to the warning issued on Friday, delaying both start and end times.

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