Severe weather warnings issued

PUBLISHED: 09:52 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 10 May 2010

STRONG winds and heavy rain battered the UK on Monday morning, prompting the Met Office to issue severe weather warnings. Although particularly bad in coastal areas, where gale-force winds combined with a high tide to increase the risk of flooding

STRONG winds and heavy rain battered the UK on Monday morning, prompting the Met Office to issue severe weather warnings.

Although particularly bad in coastal areas, where gale-force winds combined with a high tide to increase the risk of flooding, the whole country including inland Essex was subject to stormy weather at the beginning of the morning.

Sgt Mike Ashton of Saffron Walden police said: “We’ve had a few reports of trees being down, and power cables too. Thaxted seems to have been one of the worst hit areas.

“We had a report of power cables down on the B1051 between Thaxted and Stansted, which have now been cleared, and felled trees in Great Chesterford, Radwinter Road and Debden Road in Newport.

“There have been a few minor accidents where people have collided with obstructions, but fortunately no serious injuries.

“I expect the emergency services across the county will be dealing with a lot of incidents of this nature this morning – it’s a busy time for us.”

Essex Fire Service said it was prepared for an inundation of weather-related calls, but Newport’s station office Neil Byford revealed at 9.30am that there had been no incidents requiring his crew’s assistance.

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