St Jude storm not as bad as feared in Fenland

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UPDATE, 11.20AM: Emergency calls as a result of last night’s stormy weather have now tailed off, according to Norfolk Police. They peaked earlier this morning with fallen trees and a handful of traffic accidents making the journey to work difficult for many motorists.

The backlash from the St Jude storm has not been as fierce as anticipated overnight but motorists are still being advised to be careful on the roads.

There have been some high winds across the region and heavy rain, with surface water on many roads. The rain is expected to continue over the next couple of hours, with gusts of wind up to 35mph, and tail off by lunchtime. The Met Office anticipates the weather brightening up this afternoon.

Drivers are advised to consider whether their journey is essential. If you do venture out, be mindful that flying debris, gusts of high winds and obstructions will make journeys and outdoor activities more dangerous.

Motorbikes and bicycles are particularly vulnerable in high cross winds and high-sided vehicles and caravans could be overturned.

People are also advised to steer clear of sea fronts and quays, as the high winds will cause large waves and spray along the coasts.

Train provider Greater Anglia suspended all services until 9am this morning and are currently running a reduced service with speed restrictions in place. Customers are likely to experience disruption to journeys throughout the day.

The website (www.greateranglia.co.uk) and Twitter feed (@greateranglia) will be updated throughout the morning with the latest advice and customers are strongly advised to check the latest travel information before setting out.