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Met Office amber weather warning for strong winds across Norfolk ahead of Storm Aileen

PUBLISHED: 19:07 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:47 13 September 2017

High winds are expected across Norfolk overnight. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

High winds are expected across Norfolk overnight. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Norfolk is bracing itself for gale-force winds tonight coinciding with the arrival of Storm Aileen.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the county.

Gusts of “very strong westerly winds” between 65mph and 75mph are expected to move across Norfolk and parts of Suffolk from just after midnight on Tuesday night and 6am on Wednesday.

A warning on the Met Office website read: “Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected. Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.”

Norfolk County Council is advising people to monitor weather warnings and forecasts as strong winds are meant to peak in Norfolk between 5am and 6am on Wednesday.

MORE: High wind weather warning for Norfolk and Suffolk

Nick Tupper, assistant director of highways at the council, said: “Conditions are likely to make everyday life more difficult for some people in Norfolk. Our highways team is well-practised at dealing with wet and stormy weather and they will work around the clock if needed to keep the roads as clear and safe as possible, but people should still be prepared for potentially hazardous travel conditions.

“I would urge everyone to keep up to date with the latest weather and travel information so they can make an informed decision about the conditions before they travel anywhere. Please also consider checking on older or vulnerable relatives and friends who may find it harder to cope during wet and wintry weather.”

The council’s road safety team has the following advice:

■Always drive to the conditions – slow right down and brake gently when road surfaces may have less grip;

■Leave plenty of extra time to make your journey – drive to arrive and do not take unnecessary risks;

■People may want to plan their route to avoid any steep hills in wet or windy weather – rear wheel drive cars in particular can struggle with traction when driving uphill.

For the latest weather warnings visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings.

To report any road blockages, contact the council’s highways team via www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport or calling 0344 8008020.

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