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Storm Dennis: The Orwell Bridge remains CLOSED

PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:44 16 February 2020

Stock picture of traffic on the Orwell Bridge Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Stock picture of traffic on the Orwell Bridge Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Orwell Bridge is currently closed - and is due to remain shut until 9am today.

Storm Dennis has brought strong winds of up to 65mph and rain to the region, which has a yellow Met Office warning in place.

The bridge was closed by highways officials at 3pm yesterday as wind speeds were above the threshold of about 50mph.

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Today, Highways England has said they expect to reopen this stretch of the A14 at 9am.

They tweeted: "We are monitoring the wind speeds for the #OrwellBridge and expect to have it reopened by 0900hrs. We will keep you updated throughout the morning. Thank you for your patience."

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Forecasters said wind speeds were expected to be between 50-60mph throughout last night, with a chance of gusts of up to 65mph during the morning.

As the heavier rain clears, the strong winds will also tail off into the afternoon.

A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place, which means some disruption to travel is likely and there could be some short-term loss of power.

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