More flood warnings in place as the wet weather continues
PUBLISHED: 22:11 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 22:11 30 April 2018
Copyright: Archant 2018
More flood warnings have been put in place in Norfolk as the wet weather continues across the region.
It has been forecast that some parts of the region could expect a month’s worth of rain in the space of just 30 hours, with the downpour that began over the weekend expected to continue until Tuesday morning.
The Environment Agency continues to have three flood alerts in place in the north of the county, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared.
The alerts are in place along the coast from Hunstanton to north of King`s Lynn, from Old Hunstanton to Cley, and from East Cley to Kelling Hard including Salthouse and from Bacton to Ostend, including Walcott.
The flood gates at Hunstanton were activated this morning due to high tides and strong winds. Sea spray came over the sea wall but the high tide has now passed.
An alert which was in place between Hunstanton and King’s Lynn has been removed.
But an alert remains in place for the River Bure at Spixworth Beck and the surrounding area and the tidal river Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water and the river Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water.
Police are also urging drivers to take extra care in the county’s roads.
@NorwichPoliceUK has tweeted: “It’s a wet and windy Monday in Norwich. Take care out there, remember to switch your headlights on and watch out for standing water on the roads #DrivetoArrive.”
Along with the rain, the region is also experiencing high winds.
Firefighters from Stalham were called out to Cats Common shortly before 4am this morning to help police and the highways team remove a tree blocking the highway. There have also been reports of a large branch down at Docking.
Meanwhile, in Suffolk, the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich reopened at 7.30am today after being closed since midnight due to predicted high winds.
After a soggy day of wet weather and strong winds today, Norfolk can thankfully look forward to drier conditions as we get closer to the Bank Holiday weekend.
Adam Dury, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said there would be rain throughout today into the early hours of tomorrow, with up to 40 to 50mm of rain in the east of Norfolk and between 15 to 25mm of rain in other parts of the county.
Added to that, he said this afternoon there would be winds of up to 60 to 65mph in north Norfolk and 40 to 45mph elsewhere, but that from tomorrow morning the weather was starting to look a little more settled and with warmer temperatures by the weekend.
“Tomorrow is looking fairly dry but with a few isolated showers. There will be a light to moderate south-westerly wind tomorrow,” he said.
“Wednesday is going to be quite a cloudy day with showers but it is looking drier for Thursday.
“By Friday it will be dry with highs of 15 or 16 degrees Celsius, and 18 or 19 degrees Celsius on Saturday.”
He said temperatures would potentially stay at 18 to 19 degrees Celsius on Sunday, climbing slightly higher to 19 to 20 degress Celsius on Monday but with a risk of showers.