Storm weather misery for thousands

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Fallen trees and cancelled trains created misery Monday for people travelling to work as the south of the country shut down in preparation for the storm sweeping through.

Greater Anglia trains will not run until midday and with no bus replacement service it was stay at home or risk the car journey.

A tree blown over on a car near the shops on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds

A tree blown over on a car near the shops on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds

High winds have caused extensive damage to power lines and UK Power Networks has said 100,000 households and businesses have faced disruption.

The Met officer issued an amber warning over the weekend with storm force winds expected to gust at 60-80 across East Anglia this morning. Police have advised people to travel only if necessary.

This morning trees were down across the A 134 Sicklesmere Road but were passable with care while on the Horringer to Haverhill A143 several trees blocked the road into Bury St Edmunds.

Meanwhile a tree came down across a car at St Olave’s precinct on the Howard Estate in Bury.

A tree blown over on a car near the shops on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds

A tree blown over on a car near the shops on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds

Ickworth park and gardens are closed but the house remains open while Nowton Park was closed this morning. 

Suffolk Police took nearly 200 weather-related calls between 8am and 9am . This was part of more than 500 calls up until 11am, around 350 to 400 weather related. Normally they receive this figure over a 24 hour period. The vast majority of these relate to trees across roads and power lines coming down.

Incidents included an overturned lorry in the Street at Mendlesham while a double-decker bus overturned into a field in Coram Street, Hadleigh. All passengers were off the bus but the driver is being treated for injuries.

Meanwhile a lorry collided with a tree in Bury Road, Stanton with minor injury to the driver.

The A143 at Horringer

The A143 at Horringer

Traffic lights failed at Elveden crossroads and reports are the Lavenham Guildhall is without power.

At Ram Meadow in Bury, home to Bury Town Football Club a large tree had crashed onto fencing near the car park and blocking a public footpath.

The Orwell Bridge was closed with diversions in place but opened later. Police are warning of flying debris.

Sandy Lane in Coddenham has been blocked in two places by trees brought down by this morning’s storm.

The A143 at Horringer

The A143 at Horringer

Toppled trees block the entire road just before it joins Needham Road.

Norfolk Police have taken a total of 86 calls since midnight and one further call relating to a road traffic collision. There have been eight collisions since midnight, including a very serious road traffic collision at Shadwell which took place just before 6am.

Eight of those calls in the last hour relate to trees or hedges down across roads.

Fallen tree smashes onto a fence at Ram Meadow home to Bury Town Football ground

Fallen tree smashes onto a fence at Ram Meadow home to Bury Town Football ground