High winds will hit East Anglia this afternoon and may last until Saturday

Expect more of this during the next 24 hours
Expect more of this during the next 24 hours

The Met Office has issued a warning of winds of up to 80mph across East Anglia this afternoon and tomorrow then rain and more wind on Friday and Saturday.

The yellow ‘be aware’ warning issued on Monday for high winds today and tomorrow was updated this afternoon to extend it through to Saturday. It says: “A further period of very strong winds is possible across southern and southeastern counties of England from Friday afternoon, overnight into Saturday morning.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies.”

The Met Office says the strongest winds will be across the western side of the country but warns winds of 60-70mph are likely elsewhere with gusts over 80mph in exposed areas.

Suffolk Police is warning motorists to take care on the roads in the strong winds and heavy rain.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, reduce their speed, leave greater distances between themselves and the vehicle in front and consider the likelihood that there will be standing water and floods on the roads.

Police suggest tuning into local radio and monitoring social media for the latest updates. They will publish advice on their Facebook page and on Twitter @suffolkpolice

Road Safety advice can also be found on the Suffolk Police website

The Highways Agency says the Orwell Bridge, which carries the A14 near Ipswich, will close at 2pm.

It adds: “It will remain closed until the high winds subside, which is expected to be around 5pm tonight but may be later. Road users are advised to plan ahead.”

A Met Office yellow warning for rain is also in force for the same period as the wind warning for southern England, as far up as Essex. Though this does not cover Suffolk and Norfolk, a similar area of rain brought enough rain to Suffolk on Friday to cause flooding.

But a yellow warning issued on Tuesday is for heavy rain spreading to the east on Friday afternoon and not clearing East Anglia until Saturday morning.

The Met Office warns: “Falling soon after earlier widespread rainfall, the cumulative effects of these weather systems are likely to exacerbate the current flooding situation.”

Once again, the West Country will bear the brunt of the wind and rain with as much as 40mm — two week’s normal rainfall —.expected in 12 hours

For up to date weather warnings visit the Met Office website

The Environment Agency still has flood alerts out for the Little Ouse and River Thet in the Thetford area and West Suffolk, where levels are falling, and River Waveney upstream of Ellingham.

For the Waveney the agency says: “River levels remain high with further heavy rain forecast on Wednesday afternoon. This could cause river levels to rise.”

For up to date flood warnings visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk