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Don’t go into the woods today

The unseasonably strong winds that have already caused the closure of this year’s Suffolk Show have also prompted Suffolk Coastal to warn its residents to be careful during this potentially dangerous weather.

The Met Office has issued warnings that there could be strong to gale force winds with gusts of 45-50 miles per hour over the next day or so.

“It is highly unusual to get this strength of wind at this time of year, and it can be particularly destructive as all our trees are in full leaf and combined with the recent wet weather there is more change of trees or branches being brought down. We have warning notices up in our own wooded areas advising people not to go in there because of the risk of falling branches or worse,” said Cllr Andrew Nunn, Cabinet Member for the Green Environment.

“The general advice is that with the likelihood of damage to trees and gusts of wind, there is likely to be some localised problems and that drivers generally, and particularly those with high-sided vehicles, should take extra care when travelling.

“Our partner’s Suffolk Coastal Services’ (SCS) recycling and refuse teams are working normally today, but they may face the same problems as everyone else, so I would ask people expecting a collection to be patient as our teams will do their best as always to get to every home. SCS is also on stand-by to respond to any calls from the County Council or the police to help clear trees, but hopefully they will not be too busy,” added Cllr Nunn.

The Met Office has also warned that fallen trees may bring down power lines or block parts of the road and rail network, and predicted the problems for those out camping or with any temporary structures that has sadly bedevilled the site of the Suffolk Show and caused this morning’s cancellation of its second day.

For online advice visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings or keep up to date with Radio Suffolk’s news updates.

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