Storm: A2 shut but otherwise borough appears relatively unscathed as forecast improves

PUBLISHED: 08:45 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:45 28 October 2013

Heavy traffic on the A2 this morning is being caused by a tree blocking the road with no estimation of when it will be reopened.

Other than a couple of other fallen trees and some roof tiles coming loose, it seems that the borough appears to have got off quite lightly in what was forecasted as the “worst storm in five years”.

According to the Met Office, Bexley is likely to see north-easterly winds of about 20-25mph throughout the morning, with gusts of about 35mph.

Firefighters were called out this morning at about 6am to reports of a tree blocking both lanes of the A2 at Black Prince.

Tree surgeons are working to remove the blockage but the exit slip road remains blocked with traffic tailing back to the M25.

A tweet from Tfl Traffic News said that the A2 was closed London bound between Darenth and Black Prince and traffic is being diverted off at Dartford Heath by police.

The Met Office has issued an “amber warning” for wind in the area, meaning a “high impact” is moderately likely.

But despite last night’s warning of flood risks, the morning is now expected to remain dry, with no rain forecast until the afternoon.

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 pics or updates – call 020 8477 3826, or e-mail photos to Alternatively, tweet us: @BexleyTimes

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Bexley Times