High winds cause damage in county

HIGH winds caused havoc across the county as trees and traffic lights were blown onto the roads.Police and the Highways Agency were called to a dozen incidents overnight after winds peaked at nearly 50mph.

HIGH winds caused havoc across the county as trees and traffic lights were blown onto the roads.

Police and the Highways Agency were called to a dozen incidents overnight after winds peaked at nearly 50mph.

Suffolk police had also braced themselves to implement Operation Stack at the Port of Felixstowe at around 8pm last night.

They monitored the weather throughout the night, but it was not deemed necessary to close the port.


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Lorries were instead placed in a holding area in the port confines.

The wind was at its height between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last night as the first bout of changeable weather hit the region. Ken Blowers, The Evening Star's weather expert said the outlook for the rest of the week was bleak and rainy.

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A set of traffic lights were blown down at the junction of Bramfield Way and Eagle Way in Martlesham at around 11pm.

Police also had to move a tree that was blocking Playford Road in Little Bealings at around 8pm. A number of house alarms, set off by the weather, added to the chaos.

Other locations where trees were strewn across the road include:

Combs Lane in Stowmarket.

One lane of the A12 at Halesworth, which was obstructed by a branch at around 2am.

The Thurston to Bury St Edmunds road, which was partly blocked.

Bildeston Road in Offton.

Hockey Hill, Brockford.

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