December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
After the high winds and stormy conditions hit Waveney this morning, police are continuing to respond to incidents in the aftermath as the clear up begins.
Suffolk police have been dealing with a large volume of calls today – with the vast majority of these relating to trees falling on roads and power/telephone lines coming down.
There have been several reports of trees falling on vehicles at Great Cornard (driver uninjured); in Ipswich (driver uninjured); a lorry colliding with a tree on Bury Road, Stanton (minor injury to driver); and a tree falling on a van at Burstall Lane, Sproughton (driver injured).
According to witnesses, Southwold caravan site has been “battered” by the storm, with reports of the roof of the toilet block ripped off and “caravan windows blown in.”
In Lowestoft, branches have fallen across a number of roads including the A12 heading out of the town towards Corton.
Pleasurewood Hills is closed today because of the high winds and there have been reports of tiles coming off the former O’Reillys building in High Street.
Hall Road in Oulton Broad has been blocked in both directions because of a fallen tree, while two trees were also blown down in Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. There have also been reports of overturned yachts and craft in Oulton Broad.
Fallen trees are also blocking the southbound lane of the A12 at Wrentham and part of the A12 at Benacre. It is also understood a chimney has collapsed in Southwold.
A tree fell across the A12 at Blythburgh this morning and has now been cleared.
A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “Consider whether your journey is essential. Weather conditions at the present time are extremely hazardous as the storm crosses Suffolk
“Flying debris, gusts of high winds and obstructions will make journeys and outdoor activities more dangerous.
“If you have to travel, consider your mode of transport. Motorbikes and bicycles are particularly vulnerable in high cross winds. A storm of this severity has the potential to overturn high-sided vehicles and caravans
“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 web site or by tuning in to their local radio and TV news broadcasts – and, for travel information, monitor web sites for local transport providers.”
The force control room received more than 200 weather-related calls between 8am and 9am this morning including reports of trees across roads and power lines coming down. On an average day, the force takes around 500 calls in 24 hours.