Rush of storm calls to Norfolk Police

POLICE in Norfolk received 23 calls about the weather in less than two-and-a-half hours today.

POLICE in Norfolk have received 38 calls to weather-related incidents today.

They had reports of trees being blown over and blocking roads as well as power cables coming down from 7am.

Police warned drivers of high-sided vehicles not to use the A47 Acle Straight and anyone travelling should take extra care.

Gusts of up to 70 mph were expected to hit Norfolk's coastline today, forecasters said, with gusts of 60 to 65mph predicted for other parts of the county.

Greg Gladwell, director of claims for insurers Norwich Union, said homeowners should take precautions to minimise damage to their house or car.

He said: “Ensure that all garden furniture, potted shrubs and plants, children's toys or anything that is moveable, are properly secured or locked away from the elements. Often it is flying objects that cause the most damage in high winds.

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“Also, have a quick check for any loose tiles or slates and make sure shed or conservatory windows and doors are tightly shut. And if you have a garage, use it.”