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Kent roads blocked by trees as heavy winds cause traffic chaos

Several roads across Kent have been blocked by fallen trees as strong winds continue to hit the county.

Police have confirmed they have been called to 14 incidents in less than two hours today.

A tree lying across the A251 in Sheldwich. Picture: Jamie Asquith
A tree lying across the A251 in Sheldwich. Picture: Jamie Asquith

Incidents have ranged from trees hanging low over roads, blocking lanes or resting in power lines.

The weather chaos began at 11.45am when officers received a report of disruption along the A227 in Culverstone, Gravesend.

A tree was said to be hanging low over the road and the case was passed onto Kent County Council's highways team.

Shortly before 12pm, police attended two blocked roads in West Street in Maidstone and Gallants Lane, East Farleigh.

In the following 10 minutes, officers received reports that trees had fallen across Hunton Road, Maidstone, and the A251 in Sheldwich and that another was resting on cables in East Sutton.

The fallen tree in West Street, Hunton. Picture by Emily Watts
The fallen tree in West Street, Hunton. Picture by Emily Watts

Just after 12.20pm, Smarden Road in Pluckley, Heartlake Road, Tudeley, Fourgeres Way in Ashford and Oak Lane, Rainham, were all blocked.

Trees were also blown down in Old Ham Road in Lenham and Plumford Road, Ospringe, at about 12.35pm.

Another was reportedly in danger of falling in Gladstone Road, Broadstairs, just before 1.15pm.

And 20 minutes later, Hollingbourne Hill in Maidstone was partially blocked.

Meanwhile, Southeastern services were halted for two hours after a train hit a tree in Yalding just before midday.

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