December 13 2013 Latest news:
By KATHRYN BRADLEY
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Suffolk felt the full force of the St Jude’s Day storm but the Waveney district escaped the very worst of the weather.
Suffolk police received more than 200 weather-related calls between 8am and 9am yesterday morning and urged people to stay indoors as the incidents mounted up.
At least 220,000 homes and businesses in the east of England suffered power cuts, with 43,500 in Suffolk still waiting for electricity to be restored. Rail services were cancelled across the county and buses were delayed as a result of the blocked roads.
The most serious incidents related to the south, west and east of the county, including a double-decker bus blown over in Hadleigh and reports of several trees falling on to vehicles.
However, Waveney came through the extreme weather without any major emergencies.
In Lowestoft and surrounding area, branches fell across a number of roads including the A12 heading out of the town towards Corton and Hall Lane in Oulton Broad, where power cables were also brought down.
It was a similar story in Beccles, where there were reports of six trees blown down on the A146 Beccles bypass along with several more further along the road towards Norwich.
There was also traffic disruption at Benacre, Wrentham and Blythburgh as trees fell across the A12.
However, despite the stormy weather contractors acted quickly to clear the debris and the roads were only blocked in places for a short time with traffic still able to pass.
Shops and homes in Halesworth and Beccles were without power for much of the day, with some Halesworth shops closing early or not opening at all.
In Loddon, a tree crashed down on a hire boat moored at the south Norfolk town’s marina, but no one was hurt and the boat was not badly damaged.