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UK Storm: 24,000 properties in East still without power

  • 29 October 2013
  • From the section England
The Mill, Ipswich
Image caption The cladding on The Mill at Ipswich waterfront came away, while a wall collapsed nearby on College Street

About 24,000 properties in the East are still without electricity a day after storms swept across the region.

Winds of up to 80mph (129km/h) on Monday brought down trees and power lines, causing what UK Power Networks said was "extensive" damage.

Staff and British Red Cross volunteers have been on hand to help people in the worst-affected areas.

At the height of the storm, 300,000 households in the region had no power.

Travel disruption

UK Power Networks said "significant" progress had been made.

But there are still about 12,000 properties without power in Suffolk, 11,000 in Essex and 800 in Hertfordshire.

Rail commuters are still facing disruption to their journeys after the bad weather affected overhead power lines.

On Greater Anglia, a limited service was operating from Norwich and Ipswich to into London Liverpool Street.

Other routes run by the train operator are running replacement bus services or services have been suspended.

East Midland Trains and London Midland said they expected to run a normal service after engineers worked through the night to clear debris from the tracks.

The storm killed Donal Drohan from Harrow when a tree fell on his car in Watford.

In Essex, the helter-skelter at Clacton Pier blew down, and in Suffolk a double-decker bus with two passengers on board was blown over, injuring the driver and one passenger.

Image caption Trees fell down across the region - including this one in Oxford Road, Colchester

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