Hundreds of homes without power and trains cancelled as Storm Doris batters Lowestoft and Waveney

A tree blown down in Northgate, Lowestoft by Storm Doris. Picture: Mel Mattey

A tree blown down in Northgate, Lowestoft by Storm Doris. Picture: Mel Mattey - Credit: Archant

Storm Doris is causing disruption in Lowestoft and Waveney as high winds continue to batter the region.

Trains between Lowestoft and Norwich have been cancelled because of a tree on the line with disruption expected to continue until 7pm.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: 'Services between Norwich and Lowestoft are currently disrupted due to a tree on the line near Norwich.

'A rail replacement bus service is in operation and ticket acceptance is in place with First buses, while Network Rail work to clear the line.

'Disruption is expected to last until 7pm. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.'

Suffolk Highways has received more than 200 reports of fallen trees, including Dell Road, Denmark Road, Elm Tree Road West, Northgate and Gunton Avenue in Lowestoft, Hall Road and Holly Road in Oulton Broad, Black Street in Gisleham and the B1074 Oulton Broad to Blundeston road. Four trees were also reported down in Clarkes Lane in Carlton Colville.

Also, in Carlton Colville, 820 households have been left without power as a result of a fault to a high voltage overhead line.

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The affected postcodes include NR33 8, NR34 7 and NR34 8. The fault was reported at 1.58pm and is expected to be fixed between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

In Prospect Road, Lowestoft, a power line was brought down at midday.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: 'Power supplies have been affected by the severe weather across parts of the East of England and South East electricity network and we have engineers working to restore supplies as quickly as possible. We are also remotely restoring many of the electricity supplies.

'Our electricity networks are built to be reliable but extreme weather can sometimes damage overhead lines. We monitor the weather very closely and have robust plans in place to respond to the high winds, including extra engineers and call takers on duty.'

Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which runs nature reserves at Hen Reedbeds in Reydon and Carlton and Oulton Marshes, is urging people to stay away from their reserves during the high winds for their own safety.

A spokesman said: 'Due to high winds we're advising people to stay away from our woodland reserves today and exercise extreme caution at all sites.'

The conditions are expected to improve this evening as Storm Doris passes through the area.

A spokesman from Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said: 'The Lowestoft and Waveney area is experiencing gusts of between 58mph and 62mph which will be passing through the area in the next two hours.

'The winds will ease down a little but will not moderate until about 9pm this evening.'

Rail passengers who have been affected by the delays may be entitled to delay repay compensation. Visit

Anyone who sees an overhead power line down is advised to call the emergency power cut helpline on 0800 3163 105.

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