Trees were felled as Colchester and north Essex were battered by strong winds.

A section of Lexden Road, near the junction with Norman Way, was blocked shortly before 5.30pm on Friday by a large tree.

Essex Police were on scene while the tree was cleared.

A yellow weather warning for wind was in place throughout yesterday until midnight.

It covered a large part of Essex, including Colchester, Harwich, Clacton and Braintree.

Colchester Road, in West Bergholt, was completely blocked by a fallen tree yesterday afternoon.

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Bus routes 66 and route 754 were affected by the incident.

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The Met Office had warned of strong gales leading to "some disruption."

A spokesman said: "A period of strong northerly winds is expected to develop across East Anglia on Friday morning and persist into the evening.

"Gusts of 45-55 mph are likely at times across parts of East Anglia with 60-65 mph gusts at times in coastal districts.

"Persistent rain may also prove an additional hazard."

In Clacton, motorists were caught in delays after strong winds toppled a large tree near St John's Road.

Crews from nearby Clacton Fire Station helped to clear the tree from St John's Road after it came down shortly before 4.30pm on Friday.

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Fire crews helped to control traffic in St John's Road until contractors arrived to remove the remainder of the tree.