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The big storm - it's chaos for Essex commuters
7:03am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
RUSH hour chaos will hit all commuters this morning as the high winds reached Essex.
The QE2 Bridge is closed with diversions via the Dartford Tunnel.
It will not open until at least 10am, causing huge disruption both ways on the M25.
Stansted, London City, Southend, Gatwick and Heathrow all say flight disruption likely and to check with airlines before leaving.
Greater Anglia, C2C and Stanstead Express say all services suspended at present and unlikely to run before 9am.
The strongest winds are predicted to hit Essex between 07:00hrs and 09:00hrs with gusts of up to 80mph predicted for the county.
A spokesman for the Essex Resilience Forum said: “With the highest winds forecast for this morning's rush hour we are urging people to consider whether or not their journey is necessary and if possible to delay leaving until the worst of the storm has passed
“With gusts of up to 80 miles an hour predicted there is potential for trees and power lines to come down and for flying debris to present safety issues at the peak of the storm. If possible people should stay in until the worst of the wind has passed.
“Emergency Services and other agencies, including local authorities, have been working together and monitoring the situation throughout the night and will continue to do so until the storm has passed.
“The best advice we can give people is to keep a close eye on weather reports and make sure that they are ready to respond to any advice which is given.”
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