Storm Eunice: How the day unfolded in Suffolk in pictures
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Storm Eunice battered Suffolk throughout Friday with winds in excess of 70mph – here's how the day unfolded.
In the early hours of the morning, the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning for wind for much of the south-east of England, including Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe and Sudbury.
Winds were comparatively tame as people started to head to work in the morning at between 40 and 50mph, but the closure of the Orwell Bridge was leading to queues of traffic in Ipswich.
People were also braving the conditions when walking on Felixstowe seafront, but the force of the wind was clearly visible as waves crashed in the sea.
However, the gales rapidly began to pick up by late morning as people started to share pictures of fallen trees on social media.
The wind was also causing some power cables to be brought down, leaving thousands of homes without electricity at various points throughout the day.
The strongest winds arrived between 12pm and 3pm, with one of the roads near Sudbury town centre being blocked after a huge tree fell on a home in Gainsborough Street.
Another incident saw one person taken to hospital after they became trapped under a fallen tree outside Ipswich International Church in Portman Road.
A section of Bury St Edmunds town centre was even closed off by police after roof tiles were seen flying off a building.
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Wind speeds started to peter out into the evening, but an amber weather warning remained in place until 9pm as gusts of about 40mph were forecast.
It was later revealed that Suffolk Highways had been called to almost 150 reports of fallen trees across the county's road network, with only about a third of these cleared by 6pm on Friday.
The storm also left nearly 14,000 homes without power throughout the day – with 11,900 properties still affected by Saturday morning.
The Orwell Bridge was finally reopened in the early hours of Saturday after a near 24-hour closure.