Update: High winds bring down trees in Norfolk

Picture of the recent storm at Mundesley. Picture Eduardo Garcia Picture of the recent storm at Mundesley. Picture Eduardo Garcia

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
11:36 PM

A storm which has left one person dead and thousands without power in the west of the country has brought down trees across the county tonight.

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A spokesman in the Norfolk police control room said they had been “very busy” with several weather related incidents ranging from branches in the road to trees having come down.

The Street in Brooke had to be closed overnight until winds died down after a tree came down and officers who attended reported other trees making “unhealthy” noises so the road was closed for safety reasons.

A number of other trees came down elsewhere in the county including, Brand’s Lane, Felthorpe, Quebec Road, Dereham, Lynn Road, Saddlebow and Horstead Lane, Frettenham.

There were also reports of branches being across the road, including in Westwick Street, Norwich, while in Station Road, Cromer a cable was discovered hanging across the road.

The spokesman said there were “no injuries” reported as a result of the incidents.

Police earlier issued a warning to motorists on Twitter .

It came as high winds swept across the west of the UK with 15,000 people without power in Ireland where a 23-year-old woman has died after a tree fell on her car in Mullingar, County Westmeath at about 4.05pm today,

Winds of 70-80mph are forecast in Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland, where an orange “be prepared” warning is in place.

South-west England and much of western Wales are under a less severe “be aware” warning from the Met Office, with gusts of between 50 to 70mph possible.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings and 110 flood alerts, most clustered in the west of the UK, but some in central and eastern areas.

The roof of the Kent railway station in Cork, Ireland, has also partially collapsed on Wednesday, leaving a passenger with minor injuries.

While other parts of the country are without power as a result of the high winds a spokesman for UK Power Networks said there were no reports of any power cuts in Norfolk although the warning issued by police tonight suggested there might be problems on the way.

Police tweeted: “Stormy weather now closing in on Norfolk - already reports of trees down - Please drive carefully - #norfolkroads.”

Dan Holley, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said there have been gusts of between 40 and 45mph across Norfolk this evening with winds of up to 55mph possible as the rain comes through too although the situation was expected to calm down in the early hours of tommorrow when the wind speed should drop to between 20mph and 25mph.

Mr Holley said the wind and rain, which has been strong enough to bring down branches, has tracked across the country from the west where there had been a number of power outages as a result but added that the front had “lost energy” as it hit the east meaning he did not think “we would see quite the problems we saw in the west of the country” where the wind speed had reached up to 70mph and beyond.

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