Norfolk is bracing itself for Storm Ciarán, with council bosses making special preparations as the county faces a battering from heavy rain and winds of up to 50mph.

Leaders at Norfolk County Council have urged people to avoid travelling during the storm, which is due to sweep over parts of the county from Wednesday night (November 1).

Amid fears of flooding and fallen trees, the council is bolstering the number of tree surgeons and drainage teams ready to deal with the effects of the latest storm to sweep the county.

With the latest storm due just weeks after Storm Babet left roads impassable, County Hall's highways team is taking steps to prevent new delays and disruption to traffic.

The county council has bolstered its out-of-hours service, to bring in extra tree surgeons, drainage contractors and tankers.

Maintenance teams are on standby at the authority's depots, to deal with fallen trees and flooding.

And the council says it has scouted the roads it is responsible for - which does not include the A47 or A11 - to identify issues.

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Sites known to be particularly susceptible to flooding are also being carefully monitored.

Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury: Graham Plant, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructureGraham Plant, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure (Image: Newsquest)

Graham Plant, the council's cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “We know Storm Ciaran is coming and that the winds and rain can have a real impact on transport across Norfolk.

"The simple advice is the best and I’d urge anyone who can avoid travelling during the storm to do so.

"If you do have to travel, check the situation on the roads before you leave, plan your journey accordingly and don’t take risks.

"Don’t drive through floodwater and always drive in a safe way, suitable to the road conditions.”

Norse Highways is contracted to carry out work for the county council.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind is in place from 9pm on Wednesday (November 1) until midnight on Thursday (November 2).

Forecasters warn winds could reach up to 50 or 60mph in more exposed coastal areas of Norfolk and up to 40mph further inland.

Thursday will also see heavy rainfall.

Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury: People in Attleborough were particularly hard hit by floodingPeople in Attleborough were particularly hard hit by flooding (Image: Newsquest)

In Attleborough, which suffered badly from flooding during the last storm, Breckland Council is making more sandbags available.

People are urged to report flooding on 0344 800 8013.