Update: Trains are still delayed after lightning strike as thunderstorms hit Norfolk and Suffolk

Jo Bosch from the National Trust enjoying the sunshine in the colourful gardens of Blickling Hall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Jo Bosch from the National Trust enjoying the sunshine in the colourful gardens of Blickling Hall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Saturday, July 19, 2014
3:33 PM

Trains are still being delayed on the Norwich to Lowestoft and Norwich to Great Yarmouth lines after storms hit earlier today.

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Another hot day on the beach at Gorleston.

Picture: James BassAnother hot day on the beach at Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on the services, with rail replacement buses on standby until 6pm to replace services which may be cancelled at short notice.

The Ipswich to Lowestoft via Saxmundham line is also experiencing delays of up to 12 minutes as trains run at reduced speeds.

The problems were caused by a lightning strike at Brundall this morning which affected signalling.

The B1454 road was blocked for a time this morning at the A149 Lynn Road junction due to an overturned car. It is now open. The A47 at Acle was affected for a time due to a crash.

The A1064 Main Road in Filby is also partially blocked at the Thrigby Road junction, due to an accident involving a car and a moped.

No more details are yet available.

Temperatures are expected to soar again to up to 30C over the weekend and there could be more storms later today and tomorrow.

Chris Bell, a forecaster for UEA-based Weatherquest, said that by lunchtime on Friday Santon Downham, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, had reached 29 degrees Celsius and Marham 27 degrees Celsius. At Norwich International Airport the temperature had reached 26 degrees Celsius and at Great Yarmouth 23 degrees Celsius.

In contrast, at Weybourne in north Norfolk the temperature has been a much cooler 19C.

Meteorologist Jim Bacon, Weatherquest’s managing director, said it was likely that “hot, humid weather with the thunderstorms that go with it” would last throughout the weekend.

“The warm air has moved over from France and we are getting an increasing chance of thundery showers developing which could be locally very heavy,” he said, adding that while some areas may experience heavy downpours other places may escape the rain altogether.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain, starting tonight and continuing through Saturday, warning of torrential downpours and a risk of localised flooding, and the Highways Agency is also urging drivers to take extra care on the roads during the expected heavy, thundery showers.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of traffic management at the Highways Agency, said: “While this weather should not prevent people from making a journey, it’s important that drivers are aware of the forecast and drive appropriately.

“Rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it’s raining and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. It’s also a good idea to check the latest conditions before setting out on a journey – it only takes a minute and can save you a lot of time if there is an incident on your route.”

13 comments

  • My name says it all methinks.

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    One Horse Town

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Wrong sort of electricity on the line. Sigh.

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    Anglianjacky

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Trains are delayed for some unspecified timebetween Norwich and Diss as an ice cream, rapidly melting in the fierce heat, dropped out of the hand of a child. Abelio is so sorry for the delay and refuses to refund the ice cream. Schock horror and not a single heat news from Latitude...... what a gas.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Oi dint no Wally. Them upstairs arrnt too hepy with all of us countrrrry folk an all. Beterr strorrp them trains agin.

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    One Horse Town

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Just an update now we have some torrential rain, if there are very large flooded areas under railway bridges or across roads it is not always a good idea to drive through them as your car may stop.... and you will get wet feet, ruining your expensive shoes... or flip flops if you are on holiday!

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    Mr T

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Mr T: isn't it because there are a lot of people who have to find something to do to justify their 'jobs'. What is 'Public Health England' that tells us to keep out of the sun .. then will tell us we need to be in the sun for vitamin D? They tell us to drink cool drinks ... Is this a public body funded by us taxpayers to trot out such mollycoddling, obvious rubbish? And it helps fill up the papers.

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    Patrick

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Karl: 'past' your office window.

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    Patrick

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Why is it every time the sun comes out we get inundated with useless information? There are thunderstorms forecast but haven't seen any advice about not using umbrellas or don't play golf or go fishing with carbon rods. Why are we suddenly treated like morons as soon as it gets warm? Gets very boring!

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    Mr T

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Heatwave? It happens every year and it's called SUMMER!!!!!!

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    IT Man

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • ".....I would advise people not to go outside today, it is far to hot...." . You could always hide down a drain.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Silkworm

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • its raining hard this morning in Norwich and a river is running passed my office window!

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    Karl Brett

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I would advise people not to go outside today, it is far to hot

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    blister

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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