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Borough is battered by high winds

PUBLISHED: 08:18 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:18 18 January 2018

A tree down in the North Road/ Decoy Road area of Ormesby.
Picture: Adam Shepherdson

A tree down in the North Road/ Decoy Road area of Ormesby. Picture: Adam Shepherdson

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Our borough is being battered by the high winds this morning with schools closing, trees falling onto roads and trains being cancelled.

Here is a summary of incidents we know about:

Winterton Primary School says it is closed today due to there being no power, no heating or hot dinners.

Flegg High School is also closed.

There are reported power cuts in Caister, Ormesby and Hemsby.

And as this picture by Adam Shepherdson shows, trees have been blown onto roads. He took a picture of a fallen tree in Ormesby.

A lorry has also been blown over in Filby, leading to diversions around the A1064.

There are no trains to and from Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Norfolk police have also issued the following statement:

Norfolk Police are urging people to consider if their journey is absolutely necessary as they experience a significant number of calls regarding incidents caused by the current high winds in the county.

Calls handlers in the force’s Contact and Control Room (CCR) have taken more than 300 999 calls specifically related to the strong winds since 5am this morning (Thursday 18 January 2018).

With strong winds expected until around 9am this morning, delays are expected for those travelling and may cause country roads to be blocked further.

CCR Superintendent, Malcolm Cooke, offered the following advice said: “We want people to consider whether their journey is essential. If you do venture out, be mindful that flying debris, gusts of high winds and obstructions will make journeys more dangerous.

“If you have to travel, plan your journey using routes with less exposure to the weather and consider your mode of transport. Motorbikes and bicycles are particularly vulnerable in high cross winds. Wind of this severity has the potential to overturn high-sided vehicles and caravans.

“We also ask that, given the high number of 999 calls all emergency services are responding to overall today, people consider whether their call is appropriate and keep in mind that they could be waiting for a response longer than they expect.”

Other advice includes:

Steer clear of sea fronts and quays. High winds will also give large waves and spray along the coasts. Avoid woodland, beaches and exposed headlands.

Consider how to minimise risk to yourself, your family and your property – and be a good neighbour if you know an elderly or vulnerable person who might need some help.

Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest information by visiting the Met Office website or by tuning in to their local radio and TV news broadcasts – and, for travel information, monitor websites for local transport providers.

Officers are advising drivers to call Highways at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020. Call 999 if it’s an emergency or 101 if it’s a non-emergency.

Follow @norfolkpolice for significant updates direct from the Constabulary or find road safety advice at www.norfolk.police.uk

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