1. ITV Report

70mph gusts as Storm Eleanor hits the East

Storm Eleanor will bring strong winds. Credit: Press Association.

Gusts of nearly 70mph have been battering the region as Storm Eleanor begins to take its toll.

The latest named storm of the winter is expected to cause widespread disruption throughout the day with a yellow warning for strong winds in place until 6pm.

Hundreds of homes in the East are without power - with Suffolk the worst affected. At least 500 properties in the county have had their supply cut due to damaged wires and fallen trees.

UK Power Networks, which runs the electricity infrastructure for the area, says it is a "busier than normal day".

"Our engineers are working hard to restore power to customers that are affected. Where the weather has affected our electricity network our priorities remain public safety, restoring supplies as quickly as possible and keeping people informed.

"Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead power lines when tree branches and other debris damage them."

– UK Power Networks

Commuters will find their journeys into work disrupted.

Greater Anglia has had to suspend services between Norwich and Sheringham because of a tree on the line while Great Northern trains between Royston and Cambridge are being replaced by buses.

On the roads, the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk has been closed and diversions set up because of the winds. It will remain shut throughout this morning's rush hour.

Many other smaller routes are also affected by fallen trees.

Overnight the strongest wind gusts have been:

  • 66 mph at Marham, Bedford and Southend
  • 60 mph at Wattisham
  • 58 mph at Weybourne

For the latest weather forecast, click here.