Warning to drivers as winds of up to 70mph are set to hit region as Storm Doris nears

Strong winds are expected in north Norfolk's coastal areas today as Storm Doris sweeps through the r

Strong winds are expected in north Norfolk's coastal areas today as Storm Doris sweeps through the region. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Railway and air travel services are operating smoothly so far despite warnings of disruption due to stormy weather today.

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It comes as parts of Norfolk could be battered by winds of up to 70mph today as Storm Doris surges through the region.

Rain is starting to fall in the west of the county this morning, and the strongest winds are expected to be felt across Norfolk by mid-afternoon.

The forecast has prompted Greater Anglia to warn that trains between Norwich and Sheringham could be disrupted, but so far all services are operating as normal.

A spokesman for Norwich Airport has also confirmed that flights are landing and taking off without delays.


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But there are delays of up to 30 minutes on the A47 at Easton, after a tree was blown over onto the road. A fallen tree on South Park Avenue in Norwich has caused First Bus to divert their Blue Line 25 service in both directions. Stops on Bluebell Road and South Park Avenue will not be served.

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Two trees blocking part of the carriageway on the A134 Bury Road close to RAF Barnham.

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The National Trust has closed the West Garden at Felbrigg Hall, and the formal gardens at Blickling. The rest of the estates are open, but visitors are advised to take care.

But Amazona Zoo in Cromer is closed for the day because of Storm Doris.

The public are being warned to expect the brunt of the storm by mid-afternoon.

Chris Bell, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said people in Norfolk will notice the winds by mid-morning, and urged people - in particular drivers - to use common sense when the storm is at its peak.

He said: 'Coastal areas such as Cromer and Weybourne could see winds of up to 70mph. The last time the region experienced that was back in March 2015.

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'The rain in west Norfolk is the leading edge of the gusts of winds.

'I would imagine that most of us will be noticing the winds by 9.30am-10am.'

Mr Bell said 70mph winds could potentially rip 'moderate sized' branches from trees, while roof-tiles and aerials on top of people's homes could be damaged.

UK Power Networks have extra engineers on stand-by in the county ready for any power cuts that occur.

The storm is expected to pass by 7-8pm.

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