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Dramatic pictures show damage caused by storm that battered Suffolk and north Essex this morning

PUBLISHED: 10:45 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 18 January 2018

Tree down in Belstead Road. Picture: SHAUN THORPE

Tree down in Belstead Road. Picture: SHAUN THORPE

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Major traffic disruption and storm damage is being reported across the region today as gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in Suffolk and north Essex.

Trees obstruct the road in Henley.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Trees obstruct the road in Henley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Photographs of the chaos have captured fallen trees strewn across main roads and country lanes.

A huge tree is blocking the main line between Ipswich and Norwich, as shown by this dramatic image posted on social media by Greater Anglia.

A portaloo in Henley Road lies on its side after it was blown down in high winds overnight.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA portaloo in Henley Road lies on its side after it was blown down in high winds overnight. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

We are bringing you the latest travel updates throughout the day – the Orwell Bridge is now back open but no Greater Anglia trains are running in either direction on the main line.

Thousands of homes have been left without power this morning and several schools in Suffolk have closed.

Huge tree blocks line between Norwich and Ipswich. Picture: GREATER ANGLIAHuge tree blocks line between Norwich and Ipswich. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA

• Send your storm pictures to suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

Tree down on Coddenham Road, Needham Market. Picture: BOB REASONTree down on Coddenham Road, Needham Market. Picture: BOB REASON

Fallen trees block route to Colchester North Station. Picture: MARTIN GOSSFallen trees block route to Colchester North Station. Picture: MARTIN GOSS

Dudley the cockapoo  enjoys the wind.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDudley the cockapoo enjoys the wind. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A fallen tree in Belstead Road, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDA fallen tree in Belstead Road, Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A tree blocked the Buxhall turn in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket. Picture: JIMMY MOOREA tree blocked the Buxhall turn in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket. Picture: JIMMY MOORE

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