High winds cause trees to fall in Suffolk and Norfolk

Tree down in Mayfield Road, Bury St Edmunds
Tree down in Mayfield Road, Bury St Edmunds

Storm Barney unleashed strong winds and heavy rain as it swept across the UK overnight.

Power cuts, flooding and winds of up to 70mph were forecast for East Anglia yesterday.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings from 4pm yesterday until 2am today for both Norfolk and Suffolk.

A statement on its website said: “The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and that gusts of this strength could bring down trees and lead to some damage to weakened structures.”

UK Power Networks has today been unable to say how many homes in Suffolk and Norfolk were affected by power outages, but there have been reports of a large number of fallen trees across both counties.

A Tweet last night by St Edmundsbury Police warned of ‘trees down all over the place’ while a Tweet by Norfolk Council today said its Highways teams had been called to clear nearly 50 fallen trees across Norfolk overnight.

If you have been affected by fallen trees or power cuts then get in touch with the Bury Free Press newsdesk by emailing news@buryfreepress.co.uk or calling 01284 757857.