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Region braces itself for another day of windy weather as speeds expected to top 60mph

PUBLISHED: 15:47 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 22:17 05 May 2015

A huge 30m elm tree on Park Drive in Worlingham which has severely damaged two properties and caused minor damage to another. The base of the tree.  Picture: James Bass

A huge 30m elm tree on Park Drive in Worlingham which has severely damaged two properties and caused minor damage to another. The base of the tree. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2015

Parts of the region will be bracing against gusts of more than 60mph tomorrow, as today’s windy weather looks set to continue.

Norfolk has today been blasted by winds quicker than 50mph, with speeds reaching 52mph in Weybourne and 51mph in Marham.

It has brought disruption to the area, with firefighters called to deal with fallen trees and cable issues.

A fallen tree on the B1149 Brick Kiln Road in Hevingham this afternoon left the road blocked in both directions.

In Great Yarmouth, a fire officer attended an address on Admiralty Road after tiles fell off a roof, while firefighters were called to Little London to deal with arching electrical cables.

On Clover Hill in Bowthorpe, a tree narrowly missed smashing Paul Taylor’s conservatory as it crashed through his garden fence.

“I was walking back through the kitchen and heard an almighty bang. I went out to the conservatory to see what had happened and could just see a tree there,” he said. “We can’t get out of the conservatory now and have called the council.”

Just before 1.30pm firefighters in Suffolk were called to deal with a flyaway marquee in Eye, near Diss, which had lifted and become stuck on a tree.

An hour and a half later, they were scrambled to another incident, a fallen tree blocking a road in Little Cornard.

In Cambridgeshire, firefighters were called to deal with a string of incidents across the county.

At 10.45am, they were called to the rescue of a marquee in Four Gotes, near Wisbech, which had blown onto the roof of a nearby house.

At 2pm, a road in the Highfields estate in Caldecote was blocked by a tree which had been toppled by the wind.

Just 50 minutes later, another had fallen in Orton Waterville and at 6.20pm another blocked the B645 Stonely Road.

Dan Holley, of UEA-based Weatherquest, said: “We didn’t have a lot of stormy weather this winter, so some of these speeds could be the highest since then.

“Certainly for the time of the year, the start of May, considering all the trees are in leaf it is unseasonably windy and could cause a little bit of disruption.”

Mr Holley added that temperatures would remain consistent with this time of year - they are expected to dip to seven or eight C tonight and will get up to 15C tomorrow.


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