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Met Office issues Amber warning of 60mph winds in East Anglia

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for very strong winds, which are expected to affect parts of East Anglia in the afternoon and evening.

It warns that winds of 50-60mph are “probable” and “perhaps briefly 60-70mph in one or two places”.

An amber warning is in place from the Met Office. Map: Met Office
An amber warning is in place from the Met Office. Map: Met Office

Storm Henk is expected to disrupt travel, with road, rail, air and ferry services potentially affected, and it could cause flying debris as buildings are damaged – for example, by tiles flying off roofs.

“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage,” the Met Office said.

Its warning continues: “Driving in these conditions can be dangerous, for yourself and other road users. If you must drive, you can do this more safely by taking the following actions: drive slowly to minimise the impact of wind gusts, be aware of high sided vehicles/caravans on more exposed roads and be cautious when overtaking, and give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual.

“Being outside in high winds makes you more vulnerable to injury. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go out, try not to walk, or shelter, close to buildings and trees. In advance of high winds, check for loose items outside your home and secure them - bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, sheds and fences.

“If you are on the coast, stay safe during stormy weather by being aware of large waves. Even from the shore large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and out to sea. Take care if walking near cliffs; know your route and keep dogs on a lead.”

The spell of very strong winds is forecast to affect parts of south-west England and south Wales late morning and early afternoon, then parts of southern England, the south Midlands and East Anglia during the afternoon and evening.

The weather warning runs from 10am until 8pm.

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