Norfolk and Waveney battered by strong winds - with more on the way
PUBLISHED: 09:18 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 07 February 2019
Norfolk has experienced a gusty night after forecasters issued two weather warnings.
The Met Office issued the yellow warnings – the lowest level of warning – for parts of the UK, including Norfolk and Suffolk.
They said there could be “very strong winds”, with the initial warning in place until 9am today. In Norfolk, the winds were expected to be strongest after midnight with gusts of up to 60mph on the coast and 50mph inland.
Costessey Lane in Ringland on the edge of Norwich was blocked by a fallen tree on Thursday morning. The tree was cut and the road was cleared by 9.30am.
A large tree brought down in strong winds is currently blocking the B1332 at Poringland. South Norfolk Police tweeted at around 6.45am to say highways engineers were on route and advising people to take an alternative route.
A second weather warning has been issued for 12pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday. The Met Office said this was due to a deep area of low pressure which is expected to track across Northern Britain.
They said: “Southwesterly winds will strengthen through Friday. Gales will become widespread later on Friday, persisting well into Saturday whilst becoming more westerly.
“Whilst some places may miss the worst of the winds, inland gusts of 50mph are expected quite widely, with some places having gusts in excess of 60mph, more especially across the north of the warning area on Saturday.
“Gusts of up to 70 mph are likely around some coasts exposed to the west or southwest. Winds will gradually ease on Saturday, with the strongest winds becoming confined to Scotland on Saturday afternoon.
“These winds will lead to large waves affecting coasts and the possibility of waves overtopping some coastal routes, especially in the west and south of the warning area.
“In addition, bands of heavy rain sweeping eastwards on Friday in particular will present an additional hazard.”
They said it was “possible” that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray or large waves.