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Power cuts and train delays hit thousands in Suffolk and Norfolk

UK Power Networks engineers have worked round the clock to reconnect power supplies

UK Power Networks engineers have worked round the clock to reconnect power supplies

UK Power Networks has put hundreds of extra staff onto coping with the effects of last night’s storm.

At 8am it reported 3,380 users without power in Suffolk and 3,160 in Norfolk but an hour later its teams had reduced that to 890 and 1,800 respectively.

That compares with the worst hit county, Kent, with 27,360 still off at 9am today.

A UKPN spokeswoman said it was too early to which villages and roads were off because figures are still being collated as calls come in.

UKPN urges people to report any power cut or damaged power lines, but keep well clear of them. Its the East of England number is: 0800 783 8838. You can also see updates on its website and follow it on Twitter.

Most Greater Anglia rail routes were open by 8am, though it had not expected to run trains before 10am. But it added: “Train services are being re-instated however only a limited train service is currently in operation and customers are advised to delay their journeys until later in the day unless their journeys are essential,”

However,services via Thorpe Le Soken, in Essex, and the Manningtree to Harwich Town branch line are suspended until further notice owing to overhead wire damage.

You can follow Greater Anglia on Twitter @greateranglia, visit www.greateranglia.co.uk

Greater Anglia warns that other operators are suffering more disruption and cross country travellers should check before setting out. For other train operators, call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit Network Rail’s website

On the roads many high level bridges were closed including the A14 Orwell and A12 Braydon bridges in suffolk and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the M25. The two suffolk bridges reopend at 6.15am today and the M25 bridge reopened at 5am.

For the road situation, visit the Highways Agency’s website

But it’s not all over yet. Yesterday lunchtime the Met Office issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for strong winds and rain to return across the whole country on Friday after a calm Christmas and Boxing Day.

For the latest weather warnings visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

Suffolk County Council said its highways team had responded to more than 100 storm related calls. They were mostly to fallen trees but also included glass on the road, minor flooding and the roof being blown off a chalet in Felixstowe.

 

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