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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


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


Police: Storm brings down trees across county

Children watching the partial eclipse

Children from Brundall Primary School in Norfolk managed to get a glimpse of today's partial solar eclipse.

Children performing a sun dance in the hope to seeing the eclipse Credit: ITV Anglia
Children at Brundall Primary have studied the eclipse Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the children performed a sun dance in the playground hoping that the cloud would disperse and they were lucky.

For just a short while the eclipse was visible.

The eclipse at Brundall as captured by our cameraman Sean Cockrell Credit: ITV Anglia
Children at Brundall with their safety viewers Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the children used special eclipse glasses to watch safely, while others made special viewers to keep their eyes safe

One child at Brundall used his dad's welding visor Credit: ITV Anglia

Pictures of today's solar eclipse in the East

For many people cloud cover spoilt the view of today's solar eclipse, however here are some of the images of the eclipse in East Anglia.

The cloud broke just in time at Brancaster in Norfolk for Pebbles Photography to capture this picture Credit: Pebbles Photography
Barry Williams took this picture in Sheringham Credit: Barry Williams
Teresa Felton took this picture in Peterborough Credit: Teresa Felton
Christopher Archer took this in King's Lynn Credit: Christopher Archer
Bob Ames captured the eclipse in Huntingdon Credit: Bob Ames
Simon Hodge took this in Bedford Credit: Simon Hodge
Vincent Hopper took this at Chatteris Credit: Vincent Hopper
Elaine Coles took this picture of a confused fox during the eclipse in Northampton Credit: Elaine Coles
Steve Snell took this picture at March in Cambridgeshire Credit: Steve Snell
John Wells took this picture at North Walsham in Norfolk Credit: John Wells
The peak of the eclipse in Wellingborough Credit: Jonathon Stevens, ITV Anglia
Our cameraman Jonathon Stevens captured the eclipse in Wellingborough Credit: Jonathon Stevens, ITV Anglia
Samantha Stevenson took this picture at Aspley Guise in Buckinghamshire Credit: Samantha Stevenson
Wicken in Northants by Terry Levitt Credit: Terry Levitt
Aidan looks for the eclipse with his home made safety box Credit: ITV Anglia
At the height of the eclipse cars in Norwich needed lights and some streetlights were on Credit: ITV Anglia

If you've got a picture of the eclipse please send it to us

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