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STORM: Travel chaos in Gravesend and Dartford in storm aftermath

PUBLISHED: 08:54 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:54 28 October 2013

A break in the storm clouds over Gravesend this morning. Pic by @HillsNathan

A break in the storm clouds over Gravesend this morning. Pic by @HillsNathan

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North Kent commuters are facing travel chaos this morning in the aftermath of the worst storm in five years.

A tree blown down in Park Avenue, Northfleet. Pic by @JimbocrouchA tree blown down in Park Avenue, Northfleet. Pic by @Jimbocrouch

In the past hour, wind speeds have reached speeds of 52mph.

According to the Met Office, the area is likely to see north-easterly winds of about 20mph throughout the morning, with gusts of about 40mph.

The QE2 bridge remains closed at Dartford, as does the Sheppey crossing.

Trains in to London are not expected to start running until after 9am.

Most damage seems to have been to foliage, with many trees blown down and strewn across roads.

But despite last night’s warning of flood risks, the morning is now expected to remain relatively dry, with light rain forecast toward the end of the morning.

A statement on the Met Office website reads: “The public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.

“The public should also consider adjusting travel plans.”

What is the weather like where you are? Get in touch with pictures or updates – call 020 8477 3757, or e-mail photos to kate.nelson@archant.co.uk. Alternatively, tweet us: @northkentnews.

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