max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C


Suffolk/Essex: Gales and floods possible as stormy weather returns today

12:54 14 February 2014

Ferocious gale force winds and localised flooding are the dangers facing parts of Suffolk and Essex tonight.


Another bout of stormy weather is on its way to the county this afternoon with exposed coastal areas bearing the brunt of it.

But the worst weather is expected to arrive during the night.

While the rain will arrive first, around noon, the wind won’t be with us until mid-afternoon.

Inland areas will see wind speeds of 20-25mph and gusts of up to 50mph, according to Weatherquest forecaster Steve Western.

In the early evening gusts could increase to 60mph and stay that way for several hours.

The highest winds will be around 3am tomorrow with wind speeds about 30mph and gusting as high as 70mph in some places.

On the coast however it is likely to be worse; gale force winds and gusts up to 80mph are possible.

On expected rainfall Mr Western said: “Everyone will get a half inch of rain.

“That’s almost certainly enough to bring rivers up onto flood plains.”

Mr Western also said combined rainfall this afternoon and tonight could mean some places see almost an inch of rain.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency confirmed they would be keeping an eye on the wind speeds around the Orwell Bridge, near Ipswich.

“When winds reach 50mph it’s monitored to see how consistent it is,” she said. “If it reaches 60mph and stays consistent we may take the decision to close the bridge.”

She added that even at lower speeds some restriction may be placed on high sided vehicles using the bridge.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “All of our frontline services, including highways, carers and the fire service, are ready to respond to the forecast bad weather this weekend.

“We will be monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and would encourage people to take care of themselves and vulnerable neighbours, travel safely and check the local media and weather forecasts for updates.”

For latest weather news, click here



  • another chance for the police and council to bring the town to a stand still

    Report this comment


    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • @pandy - are we all heading into town at 3am then? That would really cause chaos, they won't have planned for that!!!

    Report this comment


    Friday, February 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Doors reopen on the new look East of England Co-op Daily store in Woodbridge Thoroughfare. Staff members, left to right, Chloe Williams, James Buckles, Shirley Pierce.

Shoppers were greeted by the sight of a new-look Co-op on their high street yesterday, when a Suffolk branch of the store reopened following three weeks of refurbishment.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

Grimwade street fire. Ipswich

Firefighters saved the life of a man when they rescued him from a Ipswich house blaze without wearing breathing apparatus.

Official opening of Chantry Academy. Head boy and girl, left to right, Ligita Lazdauskaite and Joshua Clarke.

Chantry Academy in Ipswich celebrated the grand opening of its new school building on Friday, as the school marks a “fresh start” from a difficult year.

St Peter and St Mary's Church, Stowmarket, celebrates the opening of its Christmas tree festival. Pictured: Harry and Elena Brown.

The festive season officially arrived in Stowmarket tonight as the town celebrated the launch of its annual Christmas tree festival and lights switch-on.

Exercise is important in the battle against SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder – or SAD – is a very real yet little understood condition that haunts millions every winter.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24