Teenager's car crushed in storm

A TEENAGER was among the victims of the atrocious bank holiday weather after a falling tree crushed her car while elsewhere, thousands of people lost power to their homes.

A TEENAGER was among the victims of the atrocious bank holiday weather after a falling tree crushed her car while elsewhere, thousands of people lost power to their homes.

Minn Waterhouse-Taylor, 19, of Shetland Close, Ipswich, woke yesterday to find her red Citroen Saxo had been crushed by an oak tree felled by high winds.

No one was injured but it was the teenager's first car. She said: “I'm not going to cry about it but it is sad. I needed to buy a new car anyway and I was hoping to sell it.”

Meanwhile, at one stage, thousands of people were left without power as a result of the weather.


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High winds brought down trees across the county, including one in Bentley around 500 yards from the former railway station, which was reported shortly after 6am today.

Police also received numerous reports of standing water on Suffolk roads early today including on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds, Landseer Road, Ipswich and Main Road, Yoxford.

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Elsewhere there was a landslip in Parham on the B119 with the road being closed as a result.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said high winds and heavy rain led to dozens of faults across the East of England, affecting power supplies to several thousand customers.

She said: “Suffolk was one of the worst affected areas in the region.

“Risby, Levington and Acton were all affected by faults caused by the weather which brought wind gusts of up to 50mph.

“Engineers worked late into the evening and from first light this morning to continue with repair work following the damage caused by yesterday's stormy weather.”

A total of 1.97 inches of rain fell in Ipswich on Sunday and Monday - the average rainfall for May is 1.59in.

Ipswich-based weatherman Ken Blowers said the temperature had also plummeted to 12C yesterday due to a slow-moving depression over France while coastal winds reached 45mph.

However, the outlook is warmer and brighter for the Suffolk Show on Wednesday and Thursday with the temperatures due to hit 23C, although it will remain unsettled.

At 9.30am yesterday, another tree fell across the A12 at Stratford St Mary and a northbound lane had to be closed while it was removed.

A tree also fell across the A1156 Bridge Street, Levington and similar incidents were reported at Gazeley, Herringswell and Lowestoft.

A 13-year-old girl was killed by a falling tree in Yorkshire yesterday.

Have you been affected by wind? Did the gusts damage your property? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or send an e-mail to eveningstar

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