80 mph winds bring damage, travel disruption and power cuts to the Anglia region

A tree down on Belstead Road in Ipswich. Credit: John Collis / Twitter

Roads have been blocked by downed trees and tens of thousands are without power after winds gusting to more than 80 mph have battered the Anglia region.

A wind gust of 83 mph was reported at Tibenham airfield in South Norfolk.

Train services are facing major disruption because of damaged power lines.

The Orwell Bridge on the A14 and the Dartford Bridge on the M25 were closed due to the high winds.

The main A140 road between Norwich and Ipswich is blocked by downed power lines at Tasburgh near Long Stratton and bus services have been disrupted.

A tree and cable down at Lynn Road in Ely, Cambridgeshire Credit: Twitter

The main problem with the strong winds was between 4am and 8am with winds beginning to die down after 9am.

Dozens of schools were closed because of the power cuts.

There were no trains in or out of Norwich station during the morning rush hour because all lines were blocked. A tree is blocking the railway between Thetford and Eccles Road causing disruption between Ely and Norwich.

"Greater Anglia customers are advised not to travel between Colchester and Nowich until at least 12:00. "High winds have damaged the overhead electric wires between Colchester and Ipswich and between Stowmarket and Norwich and all line have been blocked. Trains running between London Liverpool Street and Norwich may be heavily delayed, cancelled or revised."

Network Rail