Schools closed and trees down as Storm Franklin hits Norfolk

Storm Franklin has arrived in Norfolk.

Storm Franklin has arrived in Norfolk. - Credit: Dave Excell/Archant

Norfolk was once again hit by stormy weather as Storm Franklin swept through the county. 

The storm, which is the third in a week after Storm Dudley and Eunice, arrived in the UK on Sunday and brought strong winds and heavy rain across the region.

The Met Office had warned that gusts of up to 70mph could hit Norfolk but experts said that gusts ended up being about 50mph.

Adam Drury, a forecaster at Weatherquest, said: "The winds have reached the peak and will now start to ease. 

"Between 11am and 12pm gusts were recorded at about 45mph to 50mph across the region. 

"As we head into the afternoon, the gusts should ease below 45mph.  

"There will be plenty of sunshine and a few showers later this afternoon and into the evening." 

Flood alerts were also in place for the Hunstanton coast and the tidal rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne.

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Power cuts

The arrival of Storm Franklin came just two days after Storm Eunice caused thousands of homes to be without power for 24 hours or more after lines were damaged by fallen trees. 

About 200 homes are still without power across Norfolk with Dereham, Wymondham, Thetford and Diss among the places impacted.

School closures

Power cuts and storm damage also impacted some of Norfolk's schools.

Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School, Necton VA Primary School, Swanton Morley VC Primary School and Watlington Community Primary School were all shut on Monday as a result of the stormy conditions.

Traffic and travel

Heavy winds and rain sent the tree to the ground in MacKenzie Road, Thetford.

Heavy winds and rain sent the tree to the ground in MacKenzie Road, Thetford. - Credit: Dave Excell

A number of fallen trees caused disruption across the region.

Neighbours on a quiet residential road had a lucky escape after a tree which towers over the street crashed down during Storm Franklin.

Heavy winds and rain sent the tree to the ground in MacKenzie Road in Thetford.

In Norwich, Ipswich Road outside City College Norwich was also blocked after a large tree came down.

Fallen trees also blocked the A140 at Horsham St Faith and the A1075 at Breckles. 

Greater Anglia has asked passengers to only make essential trips. 

The company will be running a very reduced service which could be disrupted by Storm Franklin at short notice.

Network Rail has kept the 50mph speed limit in place from Storm Eunice to ensure the railway runs safely.

Because of this, fewer trains will be running and journey times will be longer.

Heavy flooding

A car had become submerged in the water on the A11 near Attleborough.

A car had become submerged in the water near the A11. - Credit: Archant

Officers were called to help the driver of a car near the A11 that had become stuck due to heavy flooding.

Police attended the incident in Hargham Road near Attleborough at about 8.30am after receiving reports of a car being stranded in water underneath a bridge.