December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
It was a blustery start for the city this morning as the expected high winds reached Norwich and the surrounding area during rush hour.
The impact of the St Jude storm has seen emergency services called out to deal with a number of trees that have fallen down across the city, many at about 8.45am.
A tree came down on a car in Linacre Road, Sprowston, shortly before 9am. A Norfolk police spokesman said nobody was in the vehicle at the time and nobody was injured.
Around the same time a large 8ft branch came down on Newmarket Road, in Norwich, blocking the bus lane on the city end of the dual carriageway.
In Cringleford, just outside the city, a large tree was blown over on the road at Colney Lane and a tree also came down on a railway line in the village.
A Norwich Road, in Hethersett, a tree came down at about 9am.
As the day progressed there were reports of trees coming down at: Lloyd Road, in Norwich; Spixworth Road and St Faiths Road, in Old Catton; Intwood Road, in Cringleford; the B1108 in Little Melton; Stoke Lane, in Swainsthorpe; the A140 at Stoke Holy Cross; the A140 at Tasburgh; Norwich Road at Little Plumstead; and Norwich Road, Saxlingham Nethergate.
There were also trees blown down at the Norwich end of the Marriotts Way.
Lucy Galvin, spokesman for the Friends of Train Wood, said: “The Marriott’s Way is blocked by trees and its quite hazardous for cyclists. I hope they are cleared quickly because 300 cyclist a day use the Marriott’s Way, it’s one of the most popular in Norwich.
“One of our members has checked the whole route up to the Hellesdon Road and the rest is clear but there are three medium-sized trees down at the end near the Halfords roundabout and it’s not that well lit there so it could be dangerous.”
Across the county, Norfolk police said they had taken 31 weather-related calls between 9am and 10am, and 77 since midnight.
The police spokesman said there had been seven collisions since midnight, including a very serious road traffic collision at Shadwell which took place just before 6am.
“At least 24 calls relate to trees or hedges down across roads, against property, on vehicles, against powers lines and on railway tracks. There have also been reports of power lines blown down, with surface water and debris in the road additionally affecting travelling,” the spokeman said.
“Significant incidents this hour include a tree falling on a boat and several reports of flooded roads.”
Norfolk police are issuing the following advice:
• Consider whether your journey is essential. If you do venture out, be mindful that 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 â€“ 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 website, reading or listening to local media, and monitoring websites for local transport providers.
• Do you have any updates or photos relating to today’s weather in Norwich and the surrounding area? Email reporter Emma Knights at email@example.com