Storm Eleanor sparks weather warning for strong winds across Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:13 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 02 January 2018
Archant Norfolk 2015
Strong winds could lead to flooding and disruption to public transport as Storm Eleanor hits the region, the Met Office has warned.
Exposed areas are set to suffer the worst conditions as the fifth-named storm of the season arrives across Northern Ireland before crossing to the western coast of northern England and Scotland.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the country including Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The warning predicts gales with gusts of 60mph to 70mph are likely while some western coastal areas have a chance of seeing gusts of up to 80mph. But Chris Bell, from Norwich-based Weatherquest, said the East of England is likely to see gales around 50mph.
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“It will be enough to bring down branches, blow over garden furniture or tip over trampolines,” he said.
The warning is in place from 6pm today until 6pm tomorrow with the worst of the wind and rain expected to hit East Anglia in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Environment Agency warned earlier that strong winds and high tides could bring coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.
Flood alerts are currently in place for the Rivers Tud and Wensum from Fakenham to Costessey, including Wendling Beck, the tidal Rivers Bure, Ant and Thurn, the River Wensum from New Costessey to Thorpe Bridge at Norwich, the River Yare at Norwich, from Cringleford to Trowse Newton, the River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham, including Bungay, and the Little Ouse and River Thet.
Carol Holt, the Environment Agency’s flood duty manager, said: “We urge people to stay safe on the coast - take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.
“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.”
Deputy chief forecaster Dan Harris, from the Met Office, added that next weekend could bring a return of colder conditions with a risk of frost, ice and wintry conditions, particularly in the north.
He added: “It could remain more unsettled in the south.
“The details of the forecast later this week and into the weekend are extremely uncertain at this stage, so my advice is to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as confidence will increase later in the week.”