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Police warning as trees fall on roads across the county

PUBLISHED: 06:47 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 22 September 2018

Gusts of up to 50mph could hit parts of North Norfolk today as a result of Storm Callum. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Gusts of up to 50mph could hit parts of North Norfolk today as a result of Storm Callum. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

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Police are warning drivers to be careful as high winds fell trees and power cables this morning as part of Storm Bronagh.

Trees were reported as down on A134 Cranwich, Loddon Rd Yelverton, Old Palace Rd Norwich, The Street Poringland, Hunstanton Rd Heacham, and Waterloo Rd Terrington St Clement before 5am this morning (Friday, September 21).

From 6am trees were reported on Colney Lane, Hethersett, A1066 South Lopham, Crossdale St Northrepps, Newmarket Rd Norwich, and on the A47 North Burlingham four trees are down.

A post on Twitter by Norfolk Police earlier this morning said: “Please drive with extra caution this morning owing to the strong overnight winds across the county - trees and cables down may well cause delays especially along rural roads and lanes.”

Chris Bell, from Norwich based forecaster Weatherquest said: “The strongest winds we have had overnight were reported in Weybourne at 55mph some time between 5am and 6am. Norwich Airport reported wind gusts of 47mph and Marham reported 49mph.

“We were looking at wind gusts between 45 and 55mph across Norfolk and Suffolk in the early morning hours.”

“It’s going to continue to be blowy today, we will probably see 40 to 50mph gusts all day long.”

Mr Bell said people can expect dry and sunny weather today but with brief showers, particularly this afternoon.

On Saturday Mr Bell said it will be dry in the morning and will turn colder in the afternoon, with rain expected in the evening on and off into Sunday.

He said: “The weekend will be potentially very windy as well. There is potential strong wind gusts on Saturday evening. It’s one of those things that people should probably pay attention to the forecast as we lead into Sunday.”

Police Inspector Paul Rush said at 7.30am: “It seems at the moment that there’s a little lull between the early morning commuters discovering fallen trees and the start of the second rush hour.

“In general terms clearly there was clearly a strong storm in the county overnight. A number of roads are affected by trees down.

“The advise remains please drive carefully, expect the unexpected, and give motorcyclists a little bit of extra space.

“Clearly emergency services are going to be busy this morning so if it isn’t an emergency please delay your call or contact us on 101.”

Yesterday the Met Office released a yellow weather warning for the majority of England. It said: “Storm Bronagh brings potential for very strong winds on Thursday evening and overnight into Friday morning.

“Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches, could happen. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

“Some roads and bridges may close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

Residents in the area of St Olaves near Great Yarmouth experienced a power cut for almost two hours this morning, which was reported at 7.48am fixed by 9.38am.

Anyone spotting a problem should contact the Highways Agency through their website or the Police on 101.

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