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Power cuts hit West Norfolk communities as Storm Eunice brings disruption

Parts of Lynn are being affected by power cuts as disruption continues in the wake of Storm Eunice.

Flood gates in Hunstanton will be shut for all tides today and over the weekend because of the weather.

And several events, as well as transport services, are also being disrupted.

Storm Eunice is causing problems in West Norfolk today and the weather is expected to worsen later. Stock picture (54967263)
Storm Eunice is causing problems in West Norfolk today and the weather is expected to worsen later. Stock picture (54967263)

A Met Office amber weather warning, covering West Norfolk and surrounding districts as well as much of the rest of England, remains in place until 9pm this evening.

Overnight, forecasters also issued a second red warning, for London, south-east England and parts of the East of England, effective from 10am until 3pm today.

A further yellow warning for parts of southern England and Wales is also in place for tomorrow.

UK Power Networks say they are currently working to fix a damaged cable which has cut supplies to addresses in the PE30 4 and PE32 1 postcode areas, affecting parts of Lynn and nearby areas including Gayton.

Hundreds of customers are also affected by an outage in the Swaffham area.

Earlier outages affecting residents in the Terrington St Clement and Clenchwarton area, as well as people living around the Walpoles, Marshland St James, Emneth and Outwell have now been fixed, after supplies were restored to addresses in several other parts of the borough overnight.

The company says it has more than 100 engineering teams working across eastern and south-east England to fix problems caused by the storm.

Ian Cameron, its head of customer services and innovation, said: “We understand how difficult it is to be without electricity especially during cold weather, and will be working to restore supplies as quickly as is safely possible.

“If you see any damaged power lines our advice is to stay away, keep everyone clear and call us on 105.”

Elsewhere, West Norfolk Council has this morning announced its intention to close flood gates in Hunstanton for at least two hours either side of high tides this weekend because of the effects of the storm.

No flood alerts have currently been issued for the area, but the council says strong winds are expected to continue after the worst of the conditions pass.

Paul Kunes, the council's environment portfolio holder, said this morning: “We know that this kind of weather can provide quite a spectacle on the coast and people will want to go and see it but we would urge them to do so from a safe distance.

“These closures will prevent people from coming to harm.”

The authority also says waste collections will continue as normal today and has asked residents to bring bins in as soon as possible after they are emptied.

No major problems have been reported on our area's roads so far this morning.

However, rail operator Great Northern is advising passengers not to travel at all today and says trains will only run between Lynn and Cambridge.

Norfolk County Council has also scrapped its planned mobile library services today.

And a number of outdoor attractions have already had their plans affected by the storm too.

This afternoon's scheduled race meeting at Fakenham was abandoned yesterday, while officials at the Sandringham and Holkham estates say both sites will be closed today.

And Circus Mondao has been forced to cancel several shows at Knights Hill, on the edge of Lynn, after staff were forced to take down their big top.

The first show there will now take place next Wednesday, instead of tonight.

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