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UPDATED: North Essex counts cost of huge storm
8:12am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
POWERFUL gusts of wind are battering north Essex from coast to town centres.
Two cars have been crushed by a tree in Rectory Road, Colchester.
Intermittent power outages are being experienced in Colchester.
Greater Anglia trains are suspended until at least 9am.
Fears are growing a roller coaster on Clacton pier may plunge into the sea.
Reports come in suggesting helter skelter on Clacton Pier has blown down.
Greater Anglia extend trains suspension until 10am.
Large trees have blown down on corner of Avenue of Remembrance and Westway. Route is passable.
Residents in Shrub End Road clear up a fallen tree with chainsaws.
Pictured is the scene at Church Road, Thorrington. Picture by reader Russell Currie.
Greater Anglia will not run any trains until at least noon.
A tree has fallen on a car near the junction of Lexden Road and Oxford Road.
Rosemary Road in Clacton blocked due to fallen scaffolding between Colne Road and Orwell Road.
Jaywick Lane partially blocked due to fallen tree at B1027 St John's Road.
Station Road in Thorpe blocked by fallen tree.
Delays on the A133 due to fallen tree. Traffic control in place.
A tree has landed on a car in Aisne Road, off Layer Road, Colchester.
Photographer Seana Hughes reports from Clacton Pier, where the helter skelter has effectively collapsed, after being battered by the wind.
North Essex's biggest tourist attraction, Colchester Zoo, closes for the day.
A tree has fallen on this vehicle at Oxford Road, near the junction of Lexden Road.
Church Hill, White Notley closed due to tree branch fallen onto power cables.
An elderly man has been injured after a camping stove he was attempting to use during a power cut exploded and set alight to his kitchen, in Bell Lane, Great Bardfield.
Part of a house has collapsed at Butt Road.
Council-run tennis courts at Eudo Road, Colchester, damaged.
A trampoline has blown out of a garden and blocked a footpath off Cambridge Road, Colchester.
A wall has collapsed on Cowdray Avenue.
A huge tree has toppled on Beverley Road, landing on three vehicles.
Businesses at Earls Colne airfield report power cuts.
Greater Anglia advise passengers not to travel today, although it hopes to reopen lines later this afternoon.
Tenpin bowling alley sign toppled over - area on Cowdray Avenue cordoned off.
A large bough of a tree has fallen onto a house in Mountain Ash Close, St John's.
Homes in Braintree's Glebe Avenue, Bailey Bridge Road and Marlborough Road have all been without power. Residents in Silver End and Shalford are also said to have had problems.
Colchester's Castle Park is closed after trees damaged.
Essex Weather Centre reports the strongest gust of wind was 79mph - observed at Met Office station nr Braintree just before 8am.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service say in last three hours they have received 170 calls to weather related incidents, including trees in the road, downed power cables, and roofs and chimneys in precarious positions.
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Colchester Zoo will remain closed for the rest of the day.
Strong winds have torn off part of an electric roof at the Orangutan Forest and brought down 12 trees. Damage has also been caused to other enclosures and catering outlets.
Staff are currently working to tidy up the site and the zoo is due to open as usual from 9.30am tomorrow.
About 44,500 homes across Essex are still without power because high winds have caused extensive damage to power lines.
Engineers are currently working to restore power.
There are still no Greater Anglia running through Colchester. It is not known if the service will be restored later today.
People are advised not to travel for the rest of the day.
Trains are expected to be running as usual tomorrow morning.
An hourly train service has been restored between Clacton and Colchester. First train at Clacton will be at 6.05pm and the first from Colchester is 7.05pm.
A London to Colchester service, calling at Stratford, Shenfield and all stations from then on to Colchester, is also now running every 30 minutes.
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