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Weather warning for gale-force winds in parts of Norfolk from Storm Doris

PUBLISHED: 07:44 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 22 February 2017

Norfolk is expected to experience high winds on Thursday.   Picture: James Bass

Norfolk is expected to experience high winds on Thursday. Picture: James Bass

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Storm Doris could bring gale-force winds to north Norfolk coastal areas tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for wind, meaning be prepared, for parts of north and west Norfolk from 6am until 6pm on Thursday.

James Wilby, weather forecaster for Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: “There could be some disruption. It is the sort of wind that could bring branches down. It is one to watch.

“It is going to be pretty blustery across Norfolk tomorrow and the winds will peak in the afternoon. They will slowly decrease in the evening.

“The north Norfolk coast from Cromer, going eastwards, could potentially see gale-force winds tomorrow.”

Mr Wilby said wind gusts across inland Norfolk could reach between 50-60mph and on the coast, including Cromer, Mundesley and Hemsby, they could reach in excess of 70mph.

The weather forecaster said winds should die down towards rush hour inland but could continue on the north Norfolk coast into the evening.

Temperatures are expected to reach 10C tomorrow but because of the wind and predicted showers, Mr Wilby added temperatures will feel cooler.

He said Norfolk would be affected by Storm Doris because of its exposure to the North Sea.

It is also in the southern and western part of the major weather storm.

Mr Wilby said motorists should keep an eye on travel advice tomorrow.

Gusts of 40mph blew across Norfolk on Tuesday night which brought a few branches and roadwork signs onto various roads, according to South Norfolk Police.

There was no major damage or road blocks.

The South Norfolk Police Twitter feed said on Wednesday morning: “Please take care on roads this morning! Strong winds overnight have brought a lot of debris onto the roads. Conditions set to get worse.”

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The Met Office said that Storm Doris, which arrives from the Atlantic on Thursday, will bring strong winds and heavy rain to parts of north Wales, the Midlands, and east and north-west England.

Winds as fast as 60mph are expected to batter southern England.

The Met Office’s amber weather warning alerts people that “whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris”.

The worst of the weather is expected to be gone by Thursday evening.

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