Storm Aileen says goodbye but more wind on the way in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:04 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 13 September 2017
Storm Aileen might have passed but forecasters have warned that it is not quite a case of gone with the wind - with more strong gusts on the way.
Motorists and commuters heading into work by road or rail tomorrow (Thursday, September 14) can again expect to experience blustery conditions throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
But Phil Garner, a forecaster with UEA-based Weatherquest said the windy conditions, which could reach highs of up to 50mph between 9am and 3pm, would not be as bad as today.
He said the weather was still “rather changeable” with the strong winds, which will die down overnight, set to “pick up a little” tomorrow morning with the strongest gusts in the north east coast of the county.
He said: “We might be looking at winds gusting to 50mph between 9am and 3pm. It won’t be as blustery as we had but still windy.”
Storm Aileen saw gusts of up to 60mph bring travel chaos and disruption to the region as trees were felled across road and rail networks overnight and into the early hours.
The winds, which saw the Met Office issue and amber weather warning for the county, prompted a warning for motorists to take care in the blustery conditions which had also resulted in homes being left without power after cables were brought down.
A police spokesman said they were aware of “30 highway obstructions” since midnight due to the conditions.
Trees were brought down in a number of locations, including Drayton High Road, Norwich; Hellesdon Road, near Marl Pit Lane; Longwater Lane, Costessey; Buxton Road, Spixworth; Scottow Road, Lammas; Hingham Road, near Reymerston and the main road between Aylsham and Blickling.
One of the worst incidents was at the A1064 between the Caister roundabout and the King’s Head pub in Filby.
The road was shut for six hours after a power cable was brought down just before 6am.
UK Power Networks managed to restore power to more than 80 of the 100 or so homes affected by 8am.
There was also widespread disruption on the region’s rail network after fallen trees blocked tracks and damaged overhead power lines.
Norfolk County Council’s highways team had responded to 35 reports of incidents of trees that had fallen or were damaged or dangerous since last night, with additional highways crews drafted in to deal with the possible impact of the storm. Most of these incidents have now been dealt with and roads reopened.
The council said people should remain cautious when making any journeys by road and drive to the conditions.
Particular care should be taken when driving around blind bends and on little-used country roads as there could still be debris on the road surface.
Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “I’m proud of our highways team’s response to Storm Aileen.
“We’ve worked quickly and efficiently in tricky conditions to clear roads and keep people safe.
“The operation involves dozens of members of staff, many of whom have had to work during the night, and I really appreciate their efforts as I’m sure many people in Norfolk will.”
To report any road blockages, contact the Norfolk County Council Highways team by visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport or calling 0344 800 8020.